Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East by Arie L. Molendijk

By Arie L. Molendijk

This quantity deals a severe research of 1 the main bold editorial tasks of past due Victorian Britain: the variation of the fifty sizeable volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879-1910). The sequence used to be edited and conceptualized by means of Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a world-famous German-born philologist, orientalist, and spiritual student. Muller and his influential Oxford colleagues secured monetary help from the India workplace of the British Empire and from Oxford collage Press. Arie L. Molendijk files how the sequence has turn into a landmark within the improvement of the humanities-especially the learn of faith and language-in the second one 1/2 the 19th century. The variation additionally contributed considerably to the Western conception of the "religious" or maybe "mystic" East, which used to be textually represented in English translations. The sequence used to be a token of the increase of 'big technological know-how' and textualized the East, by means of settling on their 'sacred books' and bringing them lower than the ability of western scholarship.

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By Arie L. Molendijk

This quantity deals a severe research of 1 the main bold editorial tasks of past due Victorian Britain: the variation of the fifty sizeable volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879-1910). The sequence used to be edited and conceptualized by means of Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a world-famous German-born philologist, orientalist, and spiritual student. Muller and his influential Oxford colleagues secured monetary help from the India workplace of the British Empire and from Oxford collage Press. Arie L. Molendijk files how the sequence has turn into a landmark within the improvement of the humanities-especially the learn of faith and language-in the second one 1/2 the 19th century. The variation additionally contributed considerably to the Western conception of the "religious" or maybe "mystic" East, which used to be textually represented in English translations. The sequence used to be a token of the increase of 'big technological know-how' and textualized the East, by means of settling on their 'sacred books' and bringing them lower than the ability of western scholarship.

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Lang, Charlottesville and London: The University Press of Virginia, 1996–2001, vol. III (1998), p. 125, 19 March 1867, to Henry John Roby. 91 The Question of Right between England and the Transvaal. Letters by the Right Hon. F. Max Müller with Rejoinders by Professor Theodor Mommsen, Westminster 1900; cf. van den Bosch, Müller, pp. , and Johannes H. Voigt, ‘Die 90 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 20/6/2016, SPi 30 Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East better known nowadays; philosophers such as Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre come to mind, and more recently Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, and Jürgen Habermas.

V–vi. 102 Friedrich Max Müller, ‘Letter on Turanian Languages’, in: C. C. J. Bunsen, Christianity and Mankind, 7 vols, London 1854–5, vol. III (1854), pp. 263–521; cf. George W. Stocking, Jr, Victorian Anthropology, New York and London: Free Press, 1987, pp. 58–60; and Chapter 3 of the present work. 103 For a more detailed discussion on this topic see Chapter 3. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 20/6/2016, SPi 34 Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East MOST CONTROVERSIAL THEORIES Notwithstanding—or perhaps also because of—his popularity Müller’s work was severely criticized in his own time.

Darwin’, Contemporary Review (January 1875), reprinted in Chips from a German Workshop, vol. IV, pp. 433–72; Müller, ‘In Self Defence’ (1875), Chips, vol. IV, pp. 473–549. 112 Charles Darwin, More Letters of Charles Darwin. A Record of His Work in a Series of Hitherto Unpublished Letters, ed. Francis Darwin and A. C. Seward, 2 vols, London: John Murray, 1903, p. 45, Darwin to Müller, 3 July 1873. LLB I, 452; LLA I, 478. 113 Early on in his Lectures on the Science of Language, Müller had explained this process of reifying and even deifying simple attributes as follows: Mythology .

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