Textual criticism in Indology and in European philology during the 19 th and 20 th centuries

This paper discusses the post enlightenment development of philology in Europe during the 19th 20th centuries,particularly in the German speaking areas.After several centuries of sustained interest in the Graeco Roman Classics, all types of medieval,older European and Asian literatures became the focus of new textual approaches.Prominent was an historical and critical approach bolstered by the newly developed MSS stemmatics and the new evidence from comparative historical linguistics.

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