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Against Methodological Positivism in Textual Studies


Bronkhorst, J (2010). Against Methodological Positivism in Textual Studies. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 64(2):265-274.

Abstract

In the Indian subcontinent only such texts survived for more than a small number of centuries that were copied regularly. The texts available nowadays are the ones that have passed the filtre of history. The methodological decision to limit one’s researches to texts that have survived, sometimes called methodological positivism, implies taking the side of traditions that have survived until today, at the expense of other traditions that may have existed. This decision is criticized in this paper.

Abstract

In the Indian subcontinent only such texts survived for more than a small number of centuries that were copied regularly. The texts available nowadays are the ones that have passed the filtre of history. The methodological decision to limit one’s researches to texts that have survived, sometimes called methodological positivism, implies taking the side of traditions that have survived until today, at the expense of other traditions that may have existed. This decision is criticized in this paper.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 64 (2010) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:10 Aug 2010 08:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:13
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
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