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Speaker: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

Indology can be defined as the Outsider's study of India - primarily the Western, European Outsider. Today, it goes by the name South Asian Studies in America. Paul Hacker was a German Indologist, who coined the term Neo-Vedanta, and took great pains to distinguish it from traditional Vedanta. His ideas have been influential, and are used today to deconstruct Swami Vivekananda in the South Asian Studies circles.

What were his arguments? What does he say is the central difference between Neo-Vedanta and Classical Vedanta? Are his arguments credible? And more importantly, why does he say what he says?

In this Webinar, Dr. Joydeep Bagchee will examine Paul Hacker and his legacy, and the impact of his work on Indologist's commitment to the discontinuity between traditional and modern understandings of both Vedanta and Neo-Vedanta, as well as Hinduism and Neo-Hinduism.