Edicts of Asoka

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 15, 1978 - Philosophy - 68 pages
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Asoka, the remarkable Indian ruler of third century B. C., who not only renounced the warlike policies of his early career but actually made a public proclamation of his errors, left a record of his teachings which he hoped would endure forever. It was inscribed on stone, not as a monument to himself but as a record of moral law. "The Edicts of Asoka," writes Richard McKeon in his Foreword, "form part of a large body of literature, drawn from all cultures, which seeks power not in domination of men or accumulation of possessions but in conquest of self, in understanding of others, and in conquest of self, in understanding of others, and in contemplation of truths within the scope of reason and goods within the scope of action...The classics of this literature may take on a new importance and a new power in the world today." -- from back cover.

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