<i>Periodization and Historiography of Indian Philosophy</i> ed. by Eli Franco (review)

Periodization and Historiography of Indian Philosophy ed. by Eli Franco (review) BOOK REVIE WS Periodization and Historiography of Indian Philosophy. Edited by Eli Franco. Wien: Institute für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde der Universität Wien, 2013. Pp. viii + 388. Hardcover €40, isbn 978-3-900-27143-5. Reviewed b y Anand Venkatkrishnan Columbia University av2422@columbia.edu Historiography has long weighed like a nightmare on the scholarly study of Indian philosophy. The early Hegelian approach to this study, which maintained that a his- tory of philosophy necessarily entailed a philosophy of history, seemed to have been replaced for much of the twentieth century by a studied indifference to history in favor of the abstract, fine-grained analysis of concepts. At particularly uncharitable times, one gets the sense that it was easier to close our eyes to the embarrassment of universalizing narratives, as though they could be conjured away in imagination. But the old ghosts remained: An Orientalist teleology that deemed the original expres- sions of philosophical thought to be the ones most worthy of study, and that deter- mined later developments to be symptoms of decay and degeneracy; periodizations of knowledge that reflected an author’s own Zeitgeist more than developments inter- nal to philosophical traditions themselves; and differing theories of what counted as philosophy proper based on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

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BOOK REVIE WS Periodization and Historiography of Indian Philosophy. Edited by Eli Franco. Wien: Institute für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde der Universität Wien, 2013. Pp. viii + 388. Hardcover €40, isbn 978-3-900-27143-5. Reviewed b y Anand Venkatkrishnan Columbia University av2422@columbia.edu Historiography has long weighed like a nightmare on the scholarly study of Indian philosophy. The early Hegelian approach to this study, which maintained that a his- tory of philosophy necessarily entailed a philosophy of history, seemed to have been replaced for much of the twentieth century by a studied indifference to history in favor of the abstract, fine-grained analysis of concepts. At particularly uncharitable times, one gets the sense that it was easier to close our eyes to the embarrassment of universalizing narratives, as though they could be conjured away in imagination. But the old ghosts remained: An Orientalist teleology that deemed the original expres- sions of philosophical thought to be the ones most worthy of study, and that deter- mined later developments to be symptoms of decay and degeneracy; periodizations of knowledge that reflected an author’s own Zeitgeist more than developments inter- nal to philosophical traditions themselves; and differing theories of what counted as philosophy proper based on

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