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I. Comparative Religion – II. Philosophy

I. Comparative Religion

The term “eclecticism” denotes philosophical or religious systems in which elements of various provenance have been deliberately combined; it was already used in this sense by ancient writers (Diogenes Laertius; cf. II below). In modern usage, the term usually carries a negative connotation, based on the assumption that a selective appropriation of elements taken from existing systems betrays a lack of c…

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Berner, Ulrich and Albrecht, Michael, “Eclecticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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