teaching the Arthasastra

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Fri Oct 21 22:33:14 UTC 2005

Many thanks to Matthew Kapstein, Patrick Olivelle, and Lars Martin Fosse for the quick and helpful responses.  The professor is primarily trained in a Great Books tradition rather than quantitative or sociological, and, while not a follower of Leo Strauss, would be inclined to think that one should at least assume at first that every aspect of a text including its arrangement is planned and carefully meant.  This would be a disrecommendation for the Penguin trans., in addition to the criticisms already given. I will however add a warning about what Steve Farmer would call the layered quality of many Indian texts.  



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