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The Nay Science
A History of German Indology
  • By Joydeep Bagchee
  • By Vishwa Adluri
$115.00
The Nay Science offers a new perspective on the problem of scientific method in the human sciences. Taking German Indological scholarship on the Mahabharata and the Bhagavadgita as their example, Adluri and Bagchee develop a critique of the modern valorization of method over truth in the humanities.
The authors show how, from its origins in eighteenth-century Neo-Protestantism onwards, the critical method was used as a way of making theological claims against rival philosophical and/or religious traditions. Via discussions of German Romanticism, the pantheism controversy, scientific positivism, and empiricism, they show how theological concerns dominated German scholarship on the Indian texts. Indology functions as a test case for wider concerns: the rise of historicism, the displacement of philosophical concerns from thinking, and the belief in the ability of a technical method to produce truth.
Based on the historical evidence of the first part of the book, Adluri and Bagchee make a case in the second part for going beyond both the critical pretensions of modern academic scholarship and the objections of its post-structuralist or post-Orientalist critics. By contrasting German Indology with Plato's concern for virtue and Gandhi's focus on praxis, the authors argue for a conception of the humanities as a dialogue between the ancients and moderns and between eastern and western cultures.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780199931347
    • Manufacturer: Oxford Univ Pr
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780199931347
    • Publication Date: 04/01/2014
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Joydeep Bagchee
    • Author: Vishwa Adluri
    • Page Count: 416
    • Weight: 1.90 pounds
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