Beyond Orientalism: The Work of Wilhelm Halbfass and its by Eli Franco

By Eli Franco

Wilhelm Halbfass, thinker and Indologist, is a devoted player within the discussion among India and Europe, whose reflections at the Indian culture and its Western notion are followed by means of mirrored image on and demanding exam of the Western culture. during this cutting edge mix of Indological learn and philosophical-hermeneutical learn within the historical past of principles, he demonstrates a objective extra formidable and a scope wider than Edward Said's who built the Western research of the so-called Orient as an try and deprive it of its identification and sovereignty, and who perceived the pursuit of Oriental reviews in Western universities to be an extension of a essentially political will to energy and domination. with out denying the domination of the discussion among India and Europe through the West, Halbfass is going past that to teach a unique manner of imminent Indian inspiration; he strives to set up the presuppositions and stipulations that might make a real discussion and mutual knowing among Indian and Western highbrow cultures attainable. The papers within the current quantity originate from twenty-three students of Indology, philosophy, spiritual stories, comparative theology, classics, folkloristics and political idea, operating in 11 nations unfold over 3 continents. They tackle important problems with Halbfass' paintings; his serious responses to them start with an intensive essay within which he assesses in a masterly demeanour the nation of Indian reports virtually 20 years after the e-book of Said's Orientalismz.

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Journal of the Bihar Research Society (Patna), 54, 359364. Plotins Interesse an Heraklit. ), Festschrift fir Karl Deichgräber anlässlich seines 65. Geburtstages. Göttingen, (private felicitation volume) 1967 In memoriam Rudolf Allers. Erasmus, 19, 193-196. XXXIV PUBLICATIONS BY W. HALBFASS 2. Contributions to Encyclopedias, etc. Encyclopaedia of Buddhism. Ed. Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera. Colombo: Government of Sri Lanka, 1961ff. So far published: vols. 1-5. Article on: Lüders, Heinrich. Encyclopedia of Religion.

Nddharma&s "of narrowly Indological interest" (Balagangadhara 1990, p . 392). 47 In his foreword to a collection of Mehta's papers (Mehta 1992) Halbfass writes: "When the revised and greatly enlarged American edition [of IE] was published in 1988, it was no difficult choice for m e to dedicate it to J. L. Mehta; I could not have asked for XXIV ELI FRANCO AND KARIN PREISENDANZ a more serious and sensitive dialogue partner" (Halbfass 1992b, p. XI). Although IE is not explicitly dedicated to Mehta, in the preface it is stated: "Among those from whom I received intellectual and 'hermeneutical' inspiration during my work on both the German and the English versions of this book, I have to mention Jarava Lai Mehta.

To the encounter, dialogue, and interpenetration of cultures. As he says in a posthumous poem, which he wrote at the age of 76 and in appreciation of "Oriental" influences in the second part of his Faust (Mommsen 1988, p. 24): Wer sich selbst und andre kennt Wird auch hier erkennen: Orient und Okzident Sind nicht mehr zu trennen ["He who knows himself and others will recognize here, too: Orient and Occident can no longer be separated"]. 9 If there is anything special about it, it is the special (and sinister) role it could play because of the rank and reputation of its author.

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