Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life

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Christopher Key Chapple
Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 2006 - Ahiṃsā - 252 pages
In the struggle to sustain the earth's environment as viable for future generation, environment studies have, thus far, left religion unprobed, in contrast to the emphasis given to science and technology. Yet, no understanding of the environment is adequate without a grasp of the religious life that constitutes human societies. As all encompassing, religious ideas not just content with other ideas as equals; they frame the mind set within which all sorts of ideas commingle in a cosmology. Built on the premise that religions of the world maybe instrumental in addressing moral dilemmas created by environmental crisis, this book discusses Jain Cosmology, its Ethics and worldview. The voices included reflect a wide spectrum of approaches. This book in the S.L. Jain Research Series, intends to expand this discussion, inviting further collaboration on a topic of common concern-the fate of the Earth as a religious responsibility.
 

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Contents

Nuthmal Tatia
3
Jain Ecological Perspectives
19
Jain Perspectives on
35
Green Jainism? Notes and Queries toward a Possible Jain
63
The Limits of a Jain Environmental Ethic
95
Rediscovering and Reclaiming a Functional Cosmology
119
Ecology Economics and Development in Jainism
141
The Environmental and Ecological Teachings
159
Ecology and Spirituality in the Jain Tradition
169
Jain Ecology
181
Ethical Discourses among
193
Select Bibliography
225
Notes on Contributors
233
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