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D.C. Srivastava

Nationality: Indian

Gender: male

Date Of Brith: 26/12/1961

Present Position: Associate Professor of Philosophy

Awards Received:

MHRD Fellowship awarded during doctoral research at IIT Kanpur from December 1985 to December 1989.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor Bachelor of Arts University of Allahabad 1980
Master Master of Arts University of Delhi 1983
M. Phil M.A. in Philosophy University of Delhi 1985
Ph.D Dharmakirti’s Theory of Anumana Pramana: A Study of Nyayabindu IIT Kanpur 1991


Position(s) Held:

1 Lecturer in Philosophy at Christ Church College Kanpur 1990 1995
2 Sr. Lecturer in Philosophy at Christ Church College Kanpur 1995 1999
3 Reader in Philosophy at Christ Church College Kanpur 1999 2005
4 Associate Professor at Christ Church College Kanpur 2006 Till date


Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

1. Life Member, All India Philosophy Association
2. Life Member, All India Buddhist Association
3. Life Member, All India Philosophy Congress
4. Life Member, Bharat Darshan Parishad
5. Member, Ethics Committee on Abortion of Shramik Bharati (a reputed N.G.O.)

About the Author

D.C. Srivastava is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Christ Church College, Kanpur. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Thesis entitled “Dharmakirti’s Theory of Anumana-Pramana: A Study of Nyayabindu)”. He has also edited a book entitled Readings in Environmental Ethics: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives (Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2005) and has published papers on different topics of Indian philosophy. His recent interest of research is in the area of Indian ethics.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Readings in Environmental Ethics: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Rawat Publications 2006
2 Dharma and Ethics: The Indian Ideal of Human Perfection Decent Books 2010


Details of Articles

1. ‘Revisiting Buddhist Ecology of Human Flourishing’ in Indoo Pandey Khanduri (edited) Human Freedom and Environment [Delhi: Kalpaz Publication, 2010], pp. 224-238,
2. ‘Indian Virtuous Life: Dharma, Moksha and Nishkama Karma’ in J.S. Dubey (edited) Vijnana, Darshana evam Dr.  Viay Shankar Rai  [New Delhi:  New Bharti  Book Corporation, 20101, pp.140-147.
3. ‘Problem of Moral Agency in Bhagavad Gita’ in K.C. Pandey (edited) Ethics and Epics: Reflections on Indian Ethos [New Delhi: Readworthy, forthcoming], pp. 108-118.
4. ‘Buddhist Ethics as Virtue Ethics’, in D.C.Srivastava and Bijoy H. Boruah (edited) Dharma and Ethics: The Indian Ideal of Human Perfection (Delhi: Decent Books, 2010). pp. 191-207.
5. ‘Dharma Karma and Justice in Buddhist Tradition’, in Sniv Bhanu Singh (ed.)  Critique of justice: A Multi-disciplinary Approach [Allahabad: ECC Publication, 2009], pp. 97-112.
6. Truth and Self-Experiment: Postmodern Gandhi’ in the journal ANVIKSHA (lSBN-0976-674X) No. 6&7, 2010, pp.6-14.
7, ‘Current Global Crisis and Human Values Paradigm’ in Society and Development Journal Vol.7, issue no.l, Jan -Mar. 2009, pp. 16-21.
8. ‘Deep Ecological Consciousness and Pratityasamutpada’ in Kali Charan Pandey (ed.), Ecological Perspectives in Buddhism (New Delhi: Readworth, 2007), pp. 241-256.
9. ‘Religious Faith and Reason’ in L.N.Sharma (ed.), The Place of Reason and Faith in Religion (Varanasi: Shree Karshani Vidya Bhavan, SAMVADA SERIES-3, 2007), pp. 200-207.
10. ‘From Complementariness to Convergence: The Relation between Science and Religion’ in L.N.Sharma (ed.), Religion and Science (Varanasi: Shree Karshani Vidya Bhavan, SAMVADA SERIES-4, 2007), pp. 150-156.
11. The Problem of Religious ‘Other’: Cultural Vs. Metaphysical’, in R. C. Sinha (ed.), The Concept of Other’ in Religion (Varanasi: Shree Karshani Vidya Bhavan, SAMVADA series-5, 2007), pp. 177-188.
12. ‘Western civilization and Indian Moral Virtues’ in Shiv Bhanu Singh (ed.), Crisis of Values in Contemporary World (Allahabad: Sharda Pustak Bhavan, 2007), pp. 45-49.
13. ‘Buddhist Ethics and Social Criticism’ in Neelima Sinha (ed.), Buddhist Ethics: Some Modern Perspectives (Bodh Gaya: Magadh University Publication, 2006) pp. 90-104.
14. ‘Environmental Ethics: To what extent does it go beyond Human-centred Ethics’ in A.P.Dubey (ed.), Applied Ethics (New Delhi: Northern Book Centre, 2004), pp. 107-114.
15.’International Peace and Harmony: A Gandhian Paradigm’, in A.C.Shukla (ed.) Future of Security in South Asia, (New Delhi: Ashish Publications, 2000) pp. 77-81
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Dharma and Ethics

Set against the background of the contemporary popularity of virtue ethics in the West, this book projects a unified picture of Indian Virtue Ethics by highlighting two interrelated purposes. First, it canvasses the point that Indian ethics, both in its classical and its modern shapes, is basically founded upon the cultivation of those attitudes that conduce to the realization of a virtuous self. Second, it draws out the various facets of virtues, traditional and modern, which bear a specifically Indian character. With these two aspects combined into a complex whole, this work manages to present itself as a coherent set of ethical ideas with a distinctively Indian identity.

The book consists of fourteen essays written by scholars belonging to diverse disciplinary discourses: Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, Economics and Classical studies (Sanskrit). As such, it presents to the serious reader a multi-perspectival Indian image of what it is like to lead a virtuous life and to aspire for human perfection.

Central to the Indian ideal of human perfection in the Indian tradition is the place of dharma in the overall scheme of life. While this centrality of dharma is recognized in the essays included in this book, the virtue-ethical interpretation of this central concept attempted in these essays is marked by a broader understanding of the concept adapted to the imaginative elucidation of the idea of a dharmic or virtuous life.

It is strongly believed that this book will be an eye-opener to scholars in Philosophy, Religion and Cultural Studies. It promises to set a new standard of ethico-philosophical scholarship by expanding the horizon of virtue ethics as it appears in present Western moral philosophy.