An excellent way to gain insight into the way in which religion and philosophy have been related in Western civilization is to make a large-scale comparison with how the two stand related to each other in Eastern civilizations. I believe it will be agreed that the traditions we associate with Hinduism and the religions of India, with Buddhism in its several forms, and with Confucianism and Taoism in China are not characterized by any clear distinction, not to say opposition, between philosophy and religion. T…
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