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The French Jesuit Manuscripts on Indian Astronomy: The Narratology and Mystery Surrounding a Late Seventeenth – Early Eighteenth Century Project

  • Dhruv RainaEmail author
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 265)

Abstract

The early eighteenth century has been considered the formative period for the emergence of the discourse on the Orient while the latter half acquires significance for the formation of the discourse on colonialism. During the eighteenth century European writing on India comprised a network of “intersecting and contending discourses”, and was preoccupied with a wide range of questions about authority. The representations of India in this writing are naturally very “diverse, shifting, historically contingent, complex and competitive” and were shaped by “national and religious rivalries, domestic concerns”, and the cognitive or intellectual cultures of the respective interlocutors. It has been argued that until the eighteenth century it was possible to speak of a European tradition of writing about India that differentiated into several national traditions by the middle of the eighteenth century. The one we look at here is specifically the French Jesuit discourse on India.

Keywords

Eighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Indian Philosophy Mathematical Text Late Seventeenth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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