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The Nay Science: A History of German Indology

Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee


This book 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 its example, the book develops a critique of the modern valorization of method over truth in the humanities. The book shows 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, i ... More

Keywords: Mahabharata, Bhagavadgita, Neo-Protestantism, German Romanticism, pantheism controversy, scientific positivism, empiricism, virtue, praxis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vishwa Adluri, author
Hunter College

Joydeep Bagchee, author
Philipps-Universitdt Marburg