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Betwixt science and religion-East and West: Jesuits in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Southern India
Published in Taylor and Francis Group
2016
Pages: 158 - 173
Abstract

This chapter analyses the work of two outstanding Jesuits – Roberto de Nobili (1577-1656) and Jean Venant Bouchet (1655-1732), in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Madurai region of southern India. It aims, in the process, to bring out certain important elements of crosscultural interactions, touching the domains of religion on the one hand and modern scientific spirit and rationality (if not much of science as such) on the other. For analysing the cross-cultural phenomenon, we employ here a framework, which, apart from the more recent discourses on questions of the ‘Other’, also draws from some of the basic ideas of the twentieth-century philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. What emerges is a complicated picture of ‘engaging with the Other’ in these domains (of both science and religion, on the one hand, and East and West, on the other), within a framework of Orientalism which differs from the more colonial forms of Orientalism.

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JournalData powered by TypesetScience and Religion: East and West
PublisherData powered by TypesetTaylor and Francis Group
Open AccessNo