The Lost Age of Reason

Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700

Jonardon Ganeri

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    Abstract

    This book 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 to meaningfully 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. This new 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, the author 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 of early 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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages300
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191809774
    ISBN (Print)9780199218745
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 10 2011

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    Keywords

    • Concept of knowledge
    • Early modern philosophy
    • History of philosophy
    • India
    • Indian early modernity
    • Nature of evidence
    • Realism
    • The self

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    • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    The Lost Age of Reason : Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700. / Ganeri, Jonardon.

    Oxford University Press, 2011. 300 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Ganeri, Jonardon. / The Lost Age of Reason : Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700. Oxford University Press, 2011. 300 p.
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