Wilhelm Halbfass (11 May 1940 in
Northeim – 25 May 2000) was a
Halbfass studied Philosophy,
Classical Philology at the
universities of Vienna and Göttingen, and successfully defended his
doctoral thesis on Indian Philosophy at
Göttingen University in 1967.
He was a professor in the departments of Asian and Middle Eastern
Studies and South Asia Regional Studies at the University of
Pennsylvania from 1982 until his death in 2000. Along with Prof.
Ludo Rocher, Prof. Ernest Bender, Prof. George Cardona, and several
other Sanskritists, he made the
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania the center
of Sanskrit learning in North America.
His works include Indien und Europa, Perspektiven ihrer geistigen
Begegnung (1981), English translation India and Europe: An Essay in
Understanding (1988). It is a comprehensive survey of the
intellectual encounters between India and Europe from antiquity to the
present day. He explores these encounters in terms of what he calls
xenology, the various ways in which self and otherness are defined
"within a historically complex collision of cultures".
^ Obituary, Dominic Sama, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 June 2000
^ Wilhelm Halbfass, Indien und Europa, Perspektiven ihrer geistigen
Begegnung, Schwabe Verlag, Basel and Stuttgart, 1981.
^ Halbfass, Wilhelm (1988), India and Europe : An Essay in
Understanding, State University of New York Press
^ Dermot Killingley, "Mlecchas, Yavanas and Heathens: Interacting
Xenologies in Early Nineteenth-Century Calcutta," in Beyond
Orientalism: The Work of
Wilhelm Halbfass and its Impact on Indian and
Cross-cultural Studies, ed. Eli Franco, Karin Preisendanz, Editions
Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2007.
^ Harvey P. Alper, review of Indien und Europa, Perspektiven ihrer
geistigen Begegnung, in Philosophy East and West, Vol. 33, No. 2
(April, 1983), pp. 189-196
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