A question concerning the proposal to shut down the previous thread

Rosane Rocher rrocher at SAS.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jan 11 14:55:04 UTC 2007

Thanks for the primer on the general conventions of academic debate.

May those who consider themselves in a position 
to contribute to a resolution of this and other 
complex and contentious issues lay out their 
evidence and arguments in fully circumstanced 
academic publications rather than in the 
ping-pong of an electronic list in which extended 
discussion tends to generate more heat than light.

Now back to my own time at place, which, for 
today's segment of academic enquiry, happens to be Calcutta, 1802-1806.
A good day to all,

Rosane Rocher

At 03:32 AM 1/11/2007, you wrote:
>(My pending replies to the thread in question 
>will follow soon, provided it will not be
>shut down.)
>George Hart, Rosane Rocher, Matthew Kapstein and Herman Tull have argued that
>the issues discussed in the thread on indology 
>and "the disastrous ideology of the
>'pure Aryan race'" "has been sufficiently explored in this list" (Hart).
>Far be it from me to cast doubt on the wisdom of 
>those whom I consider examples
>of what detached scholarship really means. But according to the general
>conventions of academic debate, an issue is 
>considered "sufficiently explored" when
>it has reached a point where a decision can be made.
>May I therefore as the respected champions of 
>this courageous proposal whether
>they now consider Jan Houben's claim of a 
>connection between indology and "the
>disastrous ideology of the 'pure Aryan race'" as valid or invalid?
>(Or may I take it from their eventual silence to 
>my humble request that they prefer
>not to bring this issue to the point of decision?)
>satyam eva jayate
>Reinhold Grünendahl
>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 mail.sub.uni-goettingen.de
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