Textual Practices and Global Contexts of Intellectual History
This paper explores in how far the perpetual production of contemporary significance of the – textual – past may contribute to widening our common notion of the category of intellectual history. Arguing against the mainstream of a “presentalist teleology”, we reconsider sophisticated textual practices of conservation, adaptation and dissemination of texts. They exemplify a plurality of wide spread, if not universalized epistemological and intellectual frameworks which predate and inform modernity. The concept of historicity, often used as a colonial tool projecting true-false dichotomies, may thus be complemented by a more inclusive vision of interrelated contexts.