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Ramanujan A.K. Is there an Indian way of thinking (Contrib. Indian Soc.23, 1989)(T)(21s)_M_.djvu
Date Jan 7, 2004
Horse), does the Levi-Straussian opposition of nature-culture make sense;
we see that the opposition itself is culture-bound...
The same kind of contextual sensitiveness is shown in medical matters:
in preparing a herbal medicine, in diagnosis and in prescription...
They never raise the question
of whether there are universals of other types, namely identical qualities
Or Blake in the technocratic democracy
of the 19th century railing against egalitarianism, abstraction, and the dark
Satanic mills, calling for 'minute particulars', declaring 'To generalize is to
be an idiot' (generalising thereby); and framing the slogan of all context-
sensitive systems: 'one law for the lion and the ox is oppression'...
Is there an Indian way of thinking? An informal essay 157
English is borrowed into (or imposed on) Indian contexts, it fits into the
Sanskrit slot; it acquires many of the characteristics of Sanskrit, the older
native Father-tongue, its pan-Indian elite character—as a medium of laws,
science and administration, and its formulaic patterns; it becomes part of
Indian multiple diglossia (a characteristic of context-sensitive societies)...
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