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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

TT Hindī position at Chicago

Do you work on Sanskrit and want to remain in the Academy? Consider having Hindī as your bread-winning topic and Sanskrit as your passion.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

पदनित्यत्वं वेदनित्यत्वं च

किमर्थम् पदानित्यत्वं निषेद्धव्यम् ?
मीमांसकास् "शब्दो नित्य एव" इति मन्यन्ते । यथा वयं वृद्धव्यवहारे शब्दार्थसम्बन्धानधिगच्छामः, तथा भूते काले वृद्धाः अपि −इत्यनादिरेव शब्दप्रयोग इति ।
शेष इह पठितव्यम् ।

Friday, October 25, 2013

Read more books, in order not to be exploited: an interview with Camillo A. Formigatti

Camillo Formigatti works at the Cambridge Sanskrit Manuscript Project and is the author of many wonderful virtual catalogue sheets you can read directly online here. I met him only in 2009, while working at the first Coffee Break Conference, and now I wonder how I survived before without his acumen in the analysis of manuscripts as "things" and not (only) as carrier of a meaning

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jobs in "Asian Studies"

If you are looking for a job in "Asian Studies" be sure to check this blog on Chinese Philosophy, featuring practically all Call for Papers and jobs linked with Chinese Thought. Many of them (for instance the PhD program in Philosophy offered by the University of Singapore) are open also to researchers specializing on other areas of Asia and/or of Philosophy.

Monday, October 21, 2013

What is "new"?

Did you just put in your research statement that you wrote a "new" argument in favour of Free Will, that your book offers a "new and fresh" perspective on the philosophy of history or even just that your interpretation of Plato is "completely new and compelling"? Consider reformulating.
In order to know why, read the rest at my new blog, here.

The Yoga in Transformation Conference 1 (Maas and Wujastyk)

This conference aimed at bridging the gap between yoga practicioners and yoga researchers, providing the former "convenient access to information on high-level research". Did it really fulfil this task?

Please read the remaining of the post at my new blog, here.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

9th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, 26-29 May 2014, Athens, Greece

I keep on thinking that one should prepare a panel on Indian philosophy for one of these conferences, but it is always too late when I finally remember it. Perhaps next year? Or do you have something ready?
Please read the full post at my new blog, here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Position in Buddhist Studies

At least in Taiwan, not writing in Chinese seems to be an advantage…


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Monday, October 14, 2013

More than one cause at once: Veṅkaṭanātha on sacrifices and other causes

What if one offers a Citrā sacrifices, but does not obtain the promised cattle? And what if one after the sacrifice does obtain some cattle, but only because one has received it as a gift? 

You can read the rest at my new blog, here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

32nd DOT in Münster: a thought-provoking experience

The 32nd DOT (Deutscher Orientalisten Tag, i.e., Assembly of the German Orientalists) took place from the 23rd to the 27th September in Münster (W). It was surely the biggest DOT ever and its 1,300 participants made it a bigger event than many (most, I would say) World Sanskrit Conferences. Was it also more interesting than them?

You can read the rest of the post at my new blog, here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Who are the Vedāntins?

When did Vedānta become the standard interpretative frame of Indian thought? Some thoughts on the early history of Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta here.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Orality and definitive texts

Are oral texts less open than written ones? Read some thoughts here.
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