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impossible to get any real information about the Mahayana,
the Gnostic and the later Neoplatonists. There must have been
hundreds and hundreds of us who wanted to know more - how
otherwise could one account for the immense upsurge in the
scholarly study of these three systems of thought over the last
fifty years? It is in order to illustrate points such as these
that I offer up to kindred spirits the sixty pages devoted here
to The philosophical Background.

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