The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700

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byJonardon Ganeri

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The Lost Age of Reason deals with a fascinating and rich episode in the history of philosophy, one from which those who are interested in the nature of modernity and its global origins have a great deal to learn. Early modernity in India consists in the formation of a new philosophical self,one which makes it possible meaningfully to conceive of oneself as engaging the ancient and the alien in conversation. The ancient texts are now not thought of as authorities to which one must defer, but regarded as the source of insight in the company of which one pursues the quest for truth. Thisnew attitude implies a change in the conception of one's duties towards the past. After reconstructing the historical intellectual context in detail, and developing a suitable methodological framework, Ganeri reviews work on the concept of knowledge, the nature of evidence, the self, the nature of the categories, mathematics, realism, and a new language for philosophy. A study ofearly modern philosophy in India has much to teach us today - about the nature of modernity as such, about the reform of educational institutions and its relationship to creative research, and about cosmopolitan identities in circumstances of globalisation.

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The Lost Age of Reason deals with a fascinating and rich episode in the history of philosophy, one from which those who are interested in the nature of modernity and its global origins have a great deal to learn. Early modernity in India consists in the formation of a new philosophical self,one which makes it possible meaningfully to c...

Jonardon Ganeri is a philosopher who draws upon Indian, European and Ango-American sources in his work. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He read Mathematics at Cambridge before commencing graduate studies in Philosophy at London and Oxford. He has been a Jacobsen Fellow in Philosophy at King's Colle...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I: INDIA EXPANDING1. The World and India: 16562. Dara Shukoh: A Spacious Islam3. The Cosmopolitan Vision of Yasovijaya Gani4. Navadvipa: A Place of Hindu-Muslim Confluence in BengalPART II: TEXT AND METHOD5. Contextualism in The Study of Indian Philosophical Literature6. Philosophy outside Academies: Networks7. An Analysis of the New Reason's Literary Artefacts8. Commentary and CreativityPART III: THE POSSIBILITY OF INQUIRY9. Inquiry: The History of a Crisis10. Challenge From The Ritualists11. Interventions in a New Research ProgrammePART IV: THE REAL WORLD12. Realism in Question13. New Foundations in the Metaphysics of Mathematics14. Metaphysics in a Different KeyPART V: A NEW LANGUAGE FOR PHILOSOPHY15. The Technical Language Assessed16. Rival Logics of Domain RestrictionConclusionBibliography

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"a treasure trove of new insights and fascinating figures that leaves this reader craving much more. [Ganeri] weaves a rich tapestry where ideas come to life, reinvigorating our understanding of Indian philosophy and the important lessons it can teach us today. The book is refreshing andexciting ... Those hoping to benefit from rich historical exploration will not be disappointed; nor, more importantly, will those looking to learn something more about the philosophical issues at hand, such as new insights into reason, metaphysics, and the self." --Thom Brooks, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews