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Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia

Christopher I. Beckwith


Pyrrho of Elis went with Alexander the Great to Central Asia and India during the Greek invasion and conquest of the Persian Empire in 334–324 BC. There he met with early Buddhist masters. This book shows how their Early Buddhism shaped the philosophy of Pyrrho, the famous founder of Pyrrhonian scepticism in ancient Greece. The book traces the origins of a major tradition in Western philosophy to Gandhara, a country in Central Asia and northwestern India. It systematically examines the teachings and practices of Pyrrho and of Early Buddhism, including those preserved in testimonies by and abou ... More

Keywords: Early Buddhism, Pyrrho of Elis, Pyrrhonian scepticism, ancient Greece, Western philosophy, Buddha Sakyamuni, Early Zoroastrianism, Early Brahmanism, David Hume

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691176321
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691176321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher I. Beckwith, author
Indiana University