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Featuring contributions from the world's most highly esteemed Asian philosophy scholars, this important new encyclopedia covers the complex and increasingly influential field of Chinese thought, from earliest recorded times to the present day.
PL 253: Skepticism East and West
Left to Right:(1) Nagarjuna and Aryadeva as Two Great Indian Buddhist Scholastics; (2) A painting of Confucius presenting a young Buddha to Laozi; (3) Sextus Empiricus Source: Wikicommons
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