Mystical, magical, exotic, not rational

…there is a tendency in the West to regard India’s thinking a ‘mystical’, even ‘magical’, in contrast to the ‘rationality’ of the West. This is a mistake. Such a view derives from romanticising thought-systems that originate elsewhere and present themselves differently, and attributing various ‘exotic’ connotations to what is merely unfamiliar. There is in fact a strong tradition of rational argument in India…

– ‘Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction’ by Sue Hamilton, p 7-8.

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