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Scholars and Prophets (Sociology of India From France 19th-20th Centuries)

by Roland Lardinois

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Language: English
Pages: 576

About the Book


is the first book in the series, French writings on India and South Asia.


and prophets: Sociology of India from France 19th-20th
centuries has been translated from L invention deI Inde. Entre esoterisme et science
and deals with the historical genesis of the long and rich scholarship in India
in France since the beginning of 19th century, with particular
reference to the work of Louis Dumont. It considers the works of scholars,
essayists and poets or esotericists who published on India and shows that
Dumont has been influenced by both groups. This understanding illuminates the
main criticism that is still addressed to Homo hierarchicus that in this book
Dumont mistook the internal Brahminical view point on the caste system for a
sociological view.


the last chapter, the book contrasts Dumont s work with issues raised by McKim
Marriott s project and the Subaltern Studies from India. It defends that the
core issue dealt with by all scholars is the epistemic status given to
scientific knowledge of Indian society.


the course of explaining the French intellectual tradition, the author relates
many fascinating interactions and little known anecdotes of famous men and
women which capture the intellectually vibrant climate of the time. Both
scholars and students of the social sciences will find this book very useful.


About the Author


Roland Lardinois is a sociologist,
Director of Research at the centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris

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