This concluding chapter discusses the significance of comparative methodology. The discourse of the comparative study has two phases. It begins with the phase of contrasting and arrives at a deep respect for the irreducible differences between traditions. Then it follows the phase of comparison that involves comparing the contrasts. The second main feature of the method is the unusual starting point. Comparison does not have to start from categorical similarities; knowing the contrary provides a beginning for comparison. For instance, alchemy and geometry can be compared as long as they are understood within the contexts of Ge Hong's cosmogony and Plato's theogony. On the acceptance of difference, one can recognize the shared quest to name the origin of the world.
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