Indian Philosophy: Theory of value

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Roy W. Perrett
Taylor & Francis, 2001 - Philosophy - 344 pages
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This volume is concerned with Indian discussions in the areas of ethics, politics and aesthetics. The Indian philosophers had a good deal to say about the theory of value as they vigorously discussed topics like the ends of life and the relation of virtuous action to those ends. A traditional Hindu classification recognizes four classes of values: dharma (mortality, virtue), artha (wealth, power), kama (pleasure) and moska (liberation). Moska is usually held to be the highest value and is extensively discussed in the paradigm Indian philosophical texts. Indian political and legal theory is concerned with the values of artha and dharma. Aesthetic pleasure is one of the subject matters of a developed body of writing on aesthetic theory. Kasa (flavour), the special feeling or enjoyment that pervades an artwork or is aroused in its contemplation, is commonly seen as detatched from the aims and concerns of ordinary life, with some even suggesting that it provides a foretaste of the bliss of moksa.
 

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Contents

Dharma and Moksa
25
Dharma and Moksa
33
Dharma and Moksa from a Conversational Point of View
41
The Concept of Moksa
57
Is Liberation Moksa Pleasant?
71
Authority and Law in Ancient India
88
The Hindu Philosophy of History
100
The Significance of Kumarilas Philosophy
113
Egoism Altruism and Intentionalism in Buddhist Ethics
177
Indian Aesthetics1
193
Art Experience 2
211
The Concept of Rasa
227
Poetry and the Emotions
243
Abhinavaguptas Aesthetics as a Speculative Paradigm
266
Catharsis in the Light of Indian Aesthetics
289
The Aesthetics of Indian Music
303

Theory of Nonviolence
135
The Case of Buddhism
169

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Perrett taught philosophy at the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington before joining the philosophy department at Massey University, where he is senior lecturer.

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