Dilemmas of Life and Death: Hindu Ethics in a North American Context

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SUNY Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 233 pages
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This is a breakthrough work expanding the debate of the dilemmas of life and death in contemporary American society by carrying it beyond the insights of Western religious and philosophic thought to include ethical perspectives of the Hindu tradition.

The topics covered are the timely ethical issues that concern both Americans and all people of the world -- abortion, suicide, euthanasia, and the environment. A lively East-West dialogue probes the roots of each issue in its native setting, and the fruit of this historical approach is a clear-cut analysis of up-to-date cases, giving their current status in terms of ethics, religion, philosophy, medicine, and law. Unlike traditional textbooks that concentrate on a theoretical analysis to the exclusion of practical issues, this book does justice to both theoretical and practical ethics.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Ethics of Abortion
11
The Ethics of Suicide
37
The Ethics of Euthanasia
79
The Ethics of the Environment
131
NOTES
203
GLOSSARY
221
BIBLIOGRAPHY
225
INDEX
229
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At the University of Hawaii, S. Cromwell Crawford is Professor of Comparative Religions and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies at the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies.

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