Atheism and Rationalism
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Any general assessment of atheism and rationalism within “Hinduism” is confronted with manifold limitations not only given the associated historical depth, geographic range, linguistic plurality, cultural diversity, and (therefore) fuzzy borders of various Hindu traditions, but also due to the Christo-Occidental genealogy and conceptual ambiguities of the notions “atheism” and “rationalism.” In order to deal with these problems, only a selectio…

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Johannes Quack, “Atheism and Rationalism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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