SV: History of Sanskrit studies

Richard MAHONEY rbm49 at EXT.CANTERBURY.AC.NZ
Mon Nov 1 14:23:37 EST 2004


On Mon, Nov 01, 2004 at 05:51:24PM +0100, Lars Martin Fosse wrote:

[snip]

> I should perhaps explain why: The university of Oslo has somewhat
> high-handedly introduced a course on "research methods in Asian
> studies".

[snip]

> I have proposed a course for Sanskritists more in line with what
> they actually need, and a history of the subject would be very
> useful.

[snip]

For method, de Jong could be supplemented with:

    JIABS 18(2) Winter 1995

    Seyfort Ruegg, Some reflections on the place of philosophy in the
    study of Buddhism, pp. 145ff.

    Gomez, Unspoken paradigms: meanderings through the metaphors of a
    field, pp. 183ff.

    Cabezon, Buddhist Studies as a discipline and the role of theory,
    pp. 231ff.

    Tillemans, Remarks on philology, pp. 279ff.

    Hubbard, Upping the ante: budstud at millenium.end.edu, pp. 309ff.


On interpretation and translation see:

    P. J. Griffiths. Buddhist hybrid english: Some notes on philology
    and hermeneutics for buddhologists. Journal of the International
    Association of Buddhist Studies (Madison, Wisconsin), 4:2:7-32,
    1981.


For a case study of various approaches to one author:

    Tuck, A. P., Isogenesis: Western Readings of Nâgârjuna & the
    Philosophy of Scholarship, Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University
    (1987).

    -, Comparative Philosophy and the Philosophy of Scholarship: On
    the Western Interpretation of Nâgârjuna (New York & Oxford: Oxford
    University Press, 1990).


And finally, on the consequences of an `insufficient philological
outfit' -- all too common it seems -- see an early note in:

    C. Lindtner. Nagarjuniana: Studies in the Writings and Philosophy of
    Nâgârjuna (Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1982)



Best regards,

    Richard Mahoney


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