Tradition, Veda and Law

Tradition, Veda and Law

Studies on South Asian Classical Intellectual Traditions

By Federico Squarcini

The essays presented in this volume constitute a progression from general considerations related to the ‘etic’ (in the geertzian sense of the word) approach to South Asian cultural productions, to peculiar and detailed investigations of them.

PDF, 178 Pages

ISBN:9780857289810

December 2011

£18.36, $30.36

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About This Book

The essays presented in this volume constitute a progression from general considerations related to the ‘etic’ (in the geertzian sense of the word) approach to South Asian cultural productions, to peculiar and detailed investigations of them. Such a sequence is meant to develop a renovated and systemic approach, through which these specific cultural materials should be interpreted: materials not to be read in isolation, nor with an overemphasised concern for cultural relativity. Rather, they should be viewed as meaningful examples of sophisticated intellectual and cultural procedures to be included into a broader comparative discussion, also in order to increase the quality and the depth of such debate. The studies gathered in this volume are therefore arranged to fit specific South Asian materials into larger analytical frameworks.

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Author Information

Federico Squarcini is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Florence, where he teaches the history of Indian religions.

Series

Cultural

Historical and Textual Studies of South Asian Religions

Anthem South Asian Studies

Table of Contents

I. Understanding South Asian Cultural Production. In Search for a New Historical and Hermeneutic Awareness; II . ‘Pasadin’, ‘vaitandika’, ‘vaitaṇḍika’ and ‘nastika’. On Criticism, Dissenters and Polemics and the South Asian Struggle for the Semiotic Primacy of Veridiction; II. Being Good is Being ‘vaidika’. On the Genesis of a Normative Criterion in the ‘Manavadharmasastra’; IV. ‘na mlecchabhasam sikseta’. On the Authority of Speech and the Modes of Social Distinction through the Medium of Language; V. Punishing in Public. Imposing Moral Self-Dominance in Juridical Sanskrit Sources

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