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(Indian Materialism and Skepticism; also known as Cārvāka) The history of materialism in South Asia may be conveniently divided into two periods: preclassical and classical. In the preclassical period, a number of materialists, ethical agnostics, and skeptics appear in various sources, notably King Pāyāsi/Paesi in the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the six heretic teachers (esp. Ajita Keśakambalin) in the Śrāmaṇyaphalasūtra,…

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Eli Franco, “Lokāyata”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000072>
First published online: 2012

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