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“A Disease of Language”: The Attack on Hindu Myth as Verbal Idolatry

Robert A. Yelle

in The Language of Disenchantment: Protestant Literalism and Colonial Discourse in British India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199924998
eISBN:
9780199980444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199924998.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 2 examines the background of the colonial attack on Hindu mythology, which borrowed from an earlier critique, associated with Francis Bacon and scientific empiricism, of the habit of taking ... More


The Making of Oriental Religion

Peter van der Veer

in The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691128146
eISBN:
9781400848553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691128146.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the making of oriental religion. It analyzes the emerging field of oriental studies and comparative religion, especially the project of Sacred Books of the East, headed by ... More


Chips from Another German Workshop: Friedrich Max Müller and Friedrich Schleiermacher on Language and Religion

Theodore Vial

in Modern Religion, Modern Race

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190212551
eISBN:
9780190212575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212551.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Friedrich Max Müller is often cited as the founder of a good trajectory in the history of the study of religion—good because it is scientific, nontheological, and comparative. This chapter’s ... More


The Shadow of God

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

in The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226403229
eISBN:
9780226403533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Religion

“The Shadow of God,” highlights a crucially important dialectical movement. It shows how a putative opposition between religion and science, combined with fears of despiritualization and mourning for ... More


Scenes of Human Science

in The Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking from Hobbes to the Present Day

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804757003
eISBN:
9780804779586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804757003.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835) classified languages into families and developed a general linguistic typology. His major theoretical work on language, Über die Verschiedenheit des menschlichen ... More


Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East

Arie L. Molendijk

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198784234
eISBN:
9780191826832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784234.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Hinduism

The edition of the fifty massive volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879–1910) was one of the most ambitious and daring editorial projects of late Victorian scholarship. The German-born ... More


Introduction

Arie L. Molendijk

in Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198784234
eISBN:
9780191826832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784234.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Hinduism

The introduction outlines the focus and relevance of the book and sketches the contents per chapter. The series of the Sacred Books of the East was seen as ‘the chief religious achievement of the ... More


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