Prof seyyed hossein nasrs contributions to world wisdom books include the foreword in a treasury of sufi wisdom the path of unity editor peter samsel gold medal in the religion philosophy category of the 2015 midwest book awards. This essay originally appeared in the journal studies in comparative religion winter 1976 and is reprinted here in it martin lings delves into one of the important theses of the perennial philosophy namely that the single truth manifests itself in different times and in different ways throughout history. The nature of philosophy methods and definitions philosophy has almost as many definitions as there have been philosophers both as a subject matter and an activity the word is derived from the ancient greek word philo sophia which means love of wisdom. Contrary to the notion that most educated and well informed people are atheist here are 50 upper echelon scholars who are also people of faith
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