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This project aimed at reconsidering concepts such as "authoritality", "originality", "innovation", and "plagiarism" by analyzing the form of textual reuse within Indian philosophy. This analysis showed how such concepts need to be re-defined in the Sanskrit koiné and often also in other contexts, including the Western one. The goal of the project was the publication of collected essays on the reuse of texts, in which different Indian philosophical and śāstric traditions have been analyzed.


Elisa Freschi, ed., 2015
The reuse of texts in Indian philosophy. (Special issue of the Journal of Indian Philosophy 43:2–3 and 4–5.) Springer, 2015.

Elisa Freschi, Philipp André Maas, ed., 2017
Adaptive Reuse: Aspects of Creativity in South Asian Cultural History. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017 (download [open access]).

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