New intellectuals in seventeenth-century India

  title={New intellectuals in seventeenth-century India},
  author={Sheldon Ivan Pollock},
  journal={Indian Economic \& Social History Review},
  pages={3 - 31}
  • S. Pollock
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • History
  • Indian Economic & Social History Review
The intellectual history of Sanskrit South Asia in the last centuries before European expansion poses serious obstacles to scholarly understanding. Indeed, if there is a dilemma about these last Sanskrit intellectuals beyond the crucial fact, and the causes of the fact, that they were to be the last, it is that they are so difficult for contemporary scholarship to approach. The first and foremost problem is the complexity of the discourses themselves that they produced. In idiom and subject… 

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  • J. Ganeri
  • Philosophy
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement
  • 2014
Abstract The much-welcomed recent acknowledgement that there is a plurality of philosophical traditions has an important consequence: that we must acknowledge too that there are many philosophical



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