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Johannes Bronkhorst Felicitation Volume


Edited By François Voegeli, Vincent Eltschinger, Danielle Feller, Maria Piera Candotti, Bogdan Diaconescu and Malhar Kulkarni

Johannes Bronkhorst, professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1987 to 2011, undoubtedly belongs to the most talented and significant indologists of the last three decades. His abundant work testifies to an unparalleled range of interests from early Buddhism to grammar, mathematics to asceticism, philosophy to archaeology, and is characterized by the determination to challenge preconceived ideas, clichés and traditional (mis)constructs.
The present felicitation volume includes thirty-two essays by some of the finest scholars in the field of indology, which reflect Johannes Bronkhorst’s main scholarly contributions: Grammar, Philosophy, Vedic Studies, Buddhism and Jainism, Dharmaśāstra and Arthaśāstra, Epics and Purāṇas. It presents an almost complete spectrum of the intellectual and spiritual pursuits and speculations in Ancient India, and will be of inestimable value to the specialists of all fields of Indology. The volume also includes a presentation of Johannes Bronkhorst’s academic career and contribution to Indian Studies by Jan E.M. Houben, and an ongoing bibliography of his work.


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ASHOK AKLUJKAR Authorship of the Saṅkarṣa-kāṇḍa* §1.1 Most researchers who have concerned themselves with the Saṅkarṣa-kāṇḍa (= SK)1 so far have spoken of Jaimini as its author. Some have done so by presupposing that the ascription is traditional, that is, without feeling a need to verify the validity of the ascription; some by following earlier researchers, that is, mainly on the basis of secondary literature; and some after investigating the matter to the extent the then known evidence enabled them.2 The following collection of remarks should bear out this summation of the research scene: BELVALKAR (1927: 166): “[…] the tradition which credits Jaimini with the authorship of four more adhyāyas of the Mīmāṃsā Darśana known as the SK, which deals with the devatās and kindred topics […]” RAMASWAMI SASTRI (1933: 293): “The SK, as a prakīrṇaka of the Mīmāṃsā-śāstra, was composed by Jaimini, the author of the Dvādaśa-lakṣaṇī [= what we usually refer to as the Pūrvamīmāṃsā- * For my use of hyphenation and italic typeface, see the introductory footnote in AK- LUJKAR ‘a.’ The abbreviations employed are explained in the “References and Abbreviations” section below. I have used them also in the passages I quote from other scholars, just as I have made the transliteration in the quoted passages consistent with mine. 1 In almost all of my sentences “Saṅkarṣa-kāṇḍa (= SK)” stands for the text found...

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