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  • Philosophies of Religion India and the West

Philosophies of Religion India and the West

Author: Purushottama Bilimoria

The study book explores cross-cultural inquiry into the philosophy of religions. Philosophy of Religion in the West has focused on proving the existence of God and accounting for the persistence of Evil or "sin" in the world. This tension arises from claims based on faith and scripture over the judgement of reason and science. However, negligible attention has been paid to living religions outside of the Abrahmic traditions, encompassing doctrines, theologies, and symbolic patterns that might inscribe different ultimate concerns. The book attempts to redress this imbalance by engaging the dharma theologies of India - Hindu, Jaina and Buddhist - in a comparative inquiry on the "Big Questions". We examine certain alternative categories from both contemporary Indic texts, read through a hermeneutical lens with a view to resolving extant philosophical paradoxes from the dharma theological perspective. The paradoxes examined will be the conudrums of existence and non-existence, self and no-self, meaning of life over nothingness, the spiritual vs. secular social arrangements, fate over liberation, as well as the labyrinths and best paths toward this end. So there are (de)reconstructive reading of "Atman = Brahman" as the universal self, dharma as duty, duhkha as suffering, karma as the guiding moral principle, prayashcitta as retributive sacrifice, and values or virtues such as compassion, moral care, non-injury, intellectual excellence, and the aesthetics of grief and joy, etc., challenged by developments in the sciences, cosmology and cross-cultural life-wolds. below

About This Book
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788170174530
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2016
  • Pages : 250
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 350

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