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The Nay Science : A History of German Indology, Paperback / softback Book


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 displacementof 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 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 westerncultures.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Hindu sacred texts
  • ISBN: 9780199931361



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