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Atheism and Rationalism
(4,961 words)

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 selection of re…

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Quack, Johannes, “Atheism and Rationalism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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