The German Gita: Hermeneutics and Discipline in the German Reception of Indian Thought, 1778-1831

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Dezember 2005



How did the "Bhagavadgata first become an object of German philosophical and philological inquiry? How were its foundational concepts initially interpreted within German intellectual circles, and what does this episode in the history of cross-cultural encounter teach us about the status of comparative philosophy today? This book addresses these questions through a careful study of the figures who read, translated and interpreted the G?t? around the turn of the nineteenth century in Germany: J.G. Herder, F. Majer, F. Schlegel, A.W. Schlegel, W. von Humboldt, and G.W.F. Hegel. Methodologically, the study attends to the intellectual contexts and prejudices that framed the early reception of the text. But it also delves deeper by investigating the way these frameworks inflected the construction of the G?t? and its foundational concepts through the scholarly acts of excerpting, anthologization, and translation. Overall, the project contributes to the pluralization of Western philosophy and itshistory - while simultaneously arguing for a continued critical alertness in cross-cultural comparison of philosophical and religious worldviews


Chapter 1-Theoretical Introduction Chapter 2-Herder and the Early Flowers of India in Germany Chapter 3-Herder Gathers the Gita's Flowers Chapter 4-The Dilemma of Pantheism in Friedrich Schlegel's Gita Chapter 5-A.W. Schlegel's "Indian Sphinx": The Riddle of Gita Translation Chapter 6-German Absorption in the Gita: von Humboldt and Hegel Chapter 7-Conclusion Bibliography


Bradley L. Herling holds a full-time instructorship in the Core Curriculum at Boston University.
EAN: 9780415976169
ISBN: 0415976162
Untertitel: 'Studies in Philosophy'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 358 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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