A Conceptual-analytic Study of Classical Indian Philosophy of Morals

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Concept Publishing Company, 2008 - Ethics - 452 pages
Using recontructive ideas available in classical Indian original works, this book makes a departure in the style of modern writings on Indian moral philosophy. It presents Indian ethics, in an objective, secular, and wherever necessary, critical manner as a systematic, down-to-earth, philosophical account of moral values, virtues, rights and obligations. It thereby refutes the claim that Indian philosophy has no ethics as well as the counter-claim that it transcends ethics. It demonstrates that moral living proves that the individual, his society and the world are really real and not only taken to be real for behavioral purposes as the Advaitins hold, the self is amoral being a non-agent, moksa is not a moral value, and the Karmic theory, because of involving belief in rebirth, does not fuarantee that the doer of an action is also the experiencer of its results, contrary to what is commonly held, and Indian ethics can sustain itself even if such notions are dropped. Rajendra Prasad calls Indian ethics organismic because, along with ethical concerns, it also covers issues related to professions, politics, administration, sex, environment, etc. Therefore, in one format it is theoretical and applied, normative and metaethical, humanistic and non-humanistic, etc., of course, within the limits of the then cognitive enquiry.
 

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Contents

On Studying Classical Indian Ethics Philosophically
1
Two Concepts of Cognitive Inquiry
17
A Rethinking
25
Superiority of Inquiry as Realizing Highest Value over
43
Ethics Indian Philosophy and PardApard Vidyd Categoriology
73
The Indian Way
119
Ethics and Social Organization
173
Some Structural Features
205
Value as Appetitive Wellbeing Kama Purusartha
249
Value as Living a Morally Good Life Dharma Purusartha
271
Morally Good Life through Inculeation of Virtue Samanya Dharma
301
Morally Good Life through the Performance of Casteduties Varnadharma
335
Liberation Moksa
359
The Theoretical Background
405
Select Bibliography
439
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Value as Material Wellbeing Artha Purusartha
229

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