Indology and "the disastrous ideology of the 'pure Aryan race'"

gruenendahl gruenen at MAIL.SUB.UNI-GOETTINGEN.DE
Tue Jan 9 15:58:50 UTC 2007

Dear Jan,
There is a nice saying by F. Max Müller (1872):
"Wer nicht der Wahrheit die Ehre geben, wer nicht offen sagen kann, 'ich habe mich 
geirrt', in dem wohnt der wahre Geist der Wissenschaft nicht."

The somewhat inadequate English translation (1888):
"Whoever cannot yield to the voice of truth, whoever cannot say, ' I was wrong', 
knows little as yet of the true spirit of science."

Our positions being as they are, there may come a point where one of us will have 
to say he was wrong. Can we agree to say it then?


As for the delay in my reply, there is a very profane reason I hesitate to mention, 
but I'm confident it will not be long now!



Dr. Reinhold Gruenendahl
Niedersaechsische Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek
Fachreferat sued- und suedostasiatische Philologien
(Dept. of Indology)

37070 Goettingen, Germany
Tel (+49) (0)5 51 / 39 52 83
Fax (+49) (0)5 51 / 39 23 61
gruenen at

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