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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Learning from the [scholars of] Greek world

Living in a periphery of the empire of Knowledge such as Indology (wider: South Asian Studies, narrower: Indian Philosophy), one often gets only much later in touch with the major trends which have been agitating its centre. Indologists are, for instance, often positivists, and ignore completely Russell's representationalism or Husserl's phenomenology, even if they work on sense-perception.

What to do, then? Personally, I try to read a lot on my "fellow disciplines" (e.g., epistemology or philosophy in general) beyond the Indus. It is never enough, but from time to time one discovers a beautiful gem which is in itself worth the issue. One such gems was Monica Berti's Citations and Textual Dynamics: Intertextuality and Greek Historiographical Fragments. Generously enough, Dr. Berti uploaded several of her works on Academia (this is her page). If you are fascinated by the topic of intertextuality, quotations, canons and originality, it is surely worth a visit!

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