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Orientophilia: Indic philosophy in post-Romantic thought

In contemporary Europe, we think of Asia as a place that was consistently represented as inferior during the colonial era, but this paradigm has obscured other potential relationships between the continents.  The contention of our network is that Indian thought has been a consistent source of inspiration (sometimes explicitly, often unacknowledged) in the work of post-Enlightenment French and German philosophers and theologians.  By locating Indic philosophical schools in European intellectual history, we aim to trace a global genealogy of ideas with implications for European nationalism, French structuralism, and comparative studies of religion and the mind. 

Network members:
Faisal Devji (History, St. Antony's)
Gavin Flood (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Wolfson)
Ruth Harris (History, New College)
Sondra Hausner (Theology and Religion, St. Peter's)
Christopher Minkowski (Oriental Studies, Balliol)
Ben Morgan (Modern Languages, Worcester)
Jan Westerhoff (Theology and Religion, Lady Margaret Hall)
Nick Wood (Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park)
Johannes Zachhuber (Theology and Religion, Trinity)

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