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Creative Commentary FEATURE REVIEW Creative Commentary University of Texas at Austin phillips@mail.utexas.edu The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450­1700. By Jonardon Ganeri. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 284 + xiii. Hardcover $55.00, isbn 978-0-19-921874-5. Paper $35.00, isbn 978-0-19-870150-7. Engagement with texts however distant from us in culture and history -- distant, that is, from contemporary anglophone philosophy -- tries to make them part of an ongoing conversation, focusing on topics and arguments as opposed to context or history. And, as Jonardon Ganeri reports of the innovative Nyya philosopher Raghuntha iromai (1460­1540), who emerges as the hero of The Lost Age of Reason: Phi losophy in Early Modern India 1450­1700, this can take the form of "asides and marginal notes, of the sort one makes not when one is trying to interpret the text so much as when one is thinking with it and beyond it" (p. 246). The purpose is to have your own insights. Such an approach when packaged nowadays makes us expect positions on the topics addressed, a particular point of view, and indeed an agenda. Ganeri has given us several outstanding engagements with texts of classical Indian philosophy, and has made us http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

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Philosophy East and West, Volume 66 (3) – Jul 25, 2016

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FEATURE REVIEW Creative Commentary University of Texas at Austin phillips@mail.utexas.edu The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450­1700. By Jonardon Ganeri. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 284 + xiii. Hardcover $55.00, isbn 978-0-19-921874-5. Paper $35.00, isbn 978-0-19-870150-7. Engagement with texts however distant from us in culture and history -- distant, that is, from contemporary anglophone philosophy -- tries to make them part of an ongoing conversation, focusing on topics and arguments as opposed to context or history. And, as Jonardon Ganeri reports of the innovative Nyya philosopher Raghuntha iromai (1460­1540), who emerges as the hero of The Lost Age of Reason: Phi losophy in Early Modern India 1450­1700, this can take the form of "asides and marginal notes, of the sort one makes not when one is trying to interpret the text so much as when one is thinking with it and beyond it" (p. 246). The purpose is to have your own insights. Such an approach when packaged nowadays makes us expect positions on the topics addressed, a particular point of view, and indeed an agenda. Ganeri has given us several outstanding engagements with texts of classical Indian philosophy, and has made us

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