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The age of the sages : the Axial Age in Asia and the Near East

Author: Mark W Muesse
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By setting traditions and thinkers such as Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Pythagoras, and others side by side, we are able to see more clearly the questions with which they struggled, their similarities and differences, and how their ideas have influenced religious thought down to our day"--Publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark W Muesse
ISBN: 9780800699215 0800699211
OCLC Number: 837147369
Description: xviii, 274 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: What was the Axial Age? --
Part I. West Asia. The noble ones --
The life of Zoroaster --
Zoroaster's legacy --
Part II. South Asia. South Asia before the Axial Age --
The start of the Indian Axial Age --
Death and rebirth --
The quest for liberation --
The Vedantic solution --
The one and the many --
The life of Siddhattha Gotama --
"I am awake" --
Why we suffer --
The noble path --
From Buddha to Buddhism --
Jainism --
Part III. East Asia. East Asia before the Axial Age --
The world of Confucius --
The foundations of Confucianism --
The cultivation of virtue --
Early Confucianism and the rise of Daoism --
The Daodejing --
Daoist politics and mysticism --
Conclusion: Reflections on the Axial Age.
Responsibility: Mark W. Muesse.

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