Hindu Ethics: Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia

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Modern Western approaches to India often have focused on metaphysics at the expense of ethics, leading many to see Hinduism as only concerned with the esoteric and the otherworldly. The chapters of this book offer case study explorations that are selected and presented to invite comparisons with the modern West. Such comparisons will help to remove the apparent otherworldly nature of Hindu thought from the minds of Western readers, as well as give depth and new significance to Indian ideas in the areas of medical ethics, social ethics, and human rights. The case studies demonstrate that Indian thought has not ignored deep reflection on ethical problems that are presenting serious challenges to the modern world. They demonstrate that Hinduism has a firm grounding in ethics, even when the most difficult questions are raised.

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Reaching a LONG WAY to find relevant material on abortion and euthanasia, but it's there, I guess, in ancient India. What's curious and important to note, however (I think) is that 'Indian religion ... Read full review

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need to become more ethhical


With Particular Reference to Patanjalus Yoga Sutras
Chapter 2 The Classical Hindu View on Abortion and the Moral Status of the Unborn
Traditional Hindu Views and the Contemporary Debate

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Harold G. Coward is Professor and Director of Religious Studies and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Calgary. In addition to Jung and Eastern Thought, also published by SUNY Press, Coward's books include Bhartrhari, Sphota Theory of Language, Studies in Indian Thought, and Pluralism: Challenge to World Religions.

Julius J. Lipner is University Lecturer in the Comparative Study of Religion in the University of Cambridge; he is also Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is the author of The Face of Truth: A Study of Meaning and Metaphysics in the Vedantic Theology of Ramanuja, also published by SUNY Press.

Katherine K. Young is Chair of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University.