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Greek BuddhaPyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia$
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Christopher I. Beckwith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691176321

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691176321.001.0001

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Scythian Philosophy

Scythian Philosophy

Pyrrho, the Persian Empire, and India

(p.1) Prologue Scythian Philosophy
Greek Buddha

Christopher I. Beckwith

Princeton University Press

This chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to show not only that Pyrrho's complete package is similar to Early Buddhism, but also that the same significant parts and interconnections occur in the same way in both systems. The earliest sources on Early Pyrrhonism and Early Buddhism are examined closely, including in some cases determining what “Early” means. They show that the close parallel between Early Pyrrhonism and Early (Pre-Normative) Buddhism is systemic and motivated by the same internal logic. Pyrrho's journey to Central Asia and India with Alexander thus had an outcome for the future of philosophy that has lasted down to the present.

Keywords:   Pyrrho of Elis, Buddha, Early Pyrrhonism, Early Buddhism

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