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The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah
 
 
Author
Karen Armstrong.
Publisher Atlantic Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781843540564
Pages/Publication Date 474/2006
Daedalus Item Code 32566
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"In 1948, the German philosopher Karl Jaspers coined the term 'Axial Age' to denote an astonishing era, from roughly 900 BC to 200 BC, in which the foundations of the world's great religions were laid. This was the time of Socrates, Elijah, Siddhartha, Confucius. In her magisterial new exploration of the era, Karen Armstrong argues that all Axial Age traditions emphasized justice and were committed to the practice of 'disciplined sympathy' and compassion. The Great Transformation is Armstrong at her best—translating and distilling complex history into lucid prose that will delight scholars and armchair historians alike, drawing connections between the distant past and our own religious practices, suggesting that the antidotes to some of contemporary religion's excesses lie in the roots of the religious traditions themselves."—Washington Post
 
 
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