[INDOLOGY] new publication

Jesse Knutson jknutson at hawaii.edu
Sat Sep 26 02:23:40 UTC 2020

Congratulations! I can't wait to read this. स्वस्तिरस्तु,J

On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 3:25 PM Rosane Rocher via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> Please allow me to announce a new publication:
> Rosane Rocher, with Agnes Stache-Weiske,
> *For the Sake of the Vedas. The Anglo-German Life of Friedrich Rosen
> 1805–1837, *Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, vol. 118, XX–396
> pages, ISBN 978-3-447-11448-6, available in printed paperback form and as
> e-book.
> https://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/For_the_Sake_of_the_Vedas/title_6630.ahtml
> “If it were not for the Vedas, the university alone would not keep me in
> London… I like to compare myself to an Indian muni, who forsakes other
> concerns for a while to read the Vedas in peace and attain Indra’s heaven,
> which in my case might be some German university.” Friedrich Rosen thus
> wrote his teacher Bopp in 1830. Drawing primarily from a vast
> correspondence, most of it unpublished, this biography documents and
> analyzes his resolve and its impact on the rise of European Indology. The
> works of this first PhD in Sanskrit at a German university and first
> professor of Sanskrit at a British university include the first edition and
> translation of the first book of the Rigveda, with notes incomplete at his
> untimely death, and the first edition and translation of the oldest Arabic
> treatise on algebra. Yet more momentous was the help Rosen gave to
> continental scholars from Humboldt, Schlegel, and Burnouf to beginners,
> with sources uniquely accessible in England. He also exercised his
> influence on the Oriental Translation Fund to publish their works as models
> of critical and comparative scholarship. His mentor Humboldt acknowledged
> “I can only deeply regret that we … must be deprived of your presence. Yet,
> it is definitely of greater benefit for you, and even more for scholarship,
> that you remain so many years close to the sources of the works to which
> you are devoting yourself.”
> With all best wishes,
> Rosane Rocher
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Jesse Ross Knutson PhD
Associate Professor of Sanskrit Language and Literature
& Chair
Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
University of Hawai'i, Mānoa
461 Spalding

It is creative apperception more than anything else that makes the
individual feel that life is worth living. Contrasted with this is a
relationship to external reality which is one of compliance, the world and
its details being recognized but only as something to be fitted in with or
demanding adaptation. Compliance carries with it a sense of futility for
the individual and is associated with the idea that nothing matters and
that life is not worth living. In a tantalizing way many individuals have
experienced just enough creative living to recognize that for most of their
time they are living uncreatively, as if caught up in the creativity of
someone else, or of a machine.--Donald Winnicott, *Playing and Reality*

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