Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, Jan 1, 2007 - Dharma - 402 pages
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Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy, by Shyam Ranganathan, presents a compelling, systematic explication of the moral philosophical content of history of Indian philosophy in contrast to the received wisdom in Indology and comparative philosophy that Indian philosophers were scarcely interested in ethics. Unlike most works on the topic, this book makes a case for the positive place of ethics in the history of Indian philosophy by drawing upon recent work in metaethics and metamorality, and by providing a through analysis of the meaning of moral concepts and PHILOSOPHY itself- in addition to explicating the texts of Indian authors. In Ranganathan`s account, Indian philosophy shines with distinct options in ethics that find their likeness in the writings of the Ancient in the West, such as Plato and the Neo-Platonists, and not in the anthropocentric or positivistic options that have dominated the recent Western tradition.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Dharma
13
The Classical Meaning of Dharma
113
Indian Axiology
181
Ethics in Philosophy
189
Introduction to Indian Ethics
219
A Buddhist Debate in Ethics
227
Jainism
245
Nyaya and Vaisesika
279
Vedanta
305
Carvaka
327
Summary of Indian Ethics
335
On the Importance of Ethics to Indian
353
Bibliography
367
Index
385
Copyright

Sarikhya and Yoga
261

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