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Dharma, The Categorial Imperative

Each stable culture and major civilization of the world consists of a distinct material base and a distinct ideational structure and has an inherent mechanism of striking its own equilibrium between the two. In the Indian tradi ....read below

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Each stable culture and major civilization of the world consists of a distinct material base and a distinct ideational structure and has an inherent mechanism of striking its own equilibrium between the two. In the Indian tradition dharma is the balancing force. Religion and ideology are literally treated as synonymous with the Sanskrit word dharma. But dharma differs from religion in not being exclusive, and from ideology in possessing a transcendental dimension.

The papers in this volume acknowledge that neither the word religion nor dharma can be discarded while looking at the Indian reality. They address themselves to the question: To what extent does the continued use of the concept of religion in the Indian context reflect reality, and to what extent does it distort or misrepresent its dharmic reality? Given India's historical and the present existential situation these papers explore the question: "Is an alterative understanding of Indian civilization possible, independent of Western presuppositions?"

The articles in the book present an in-depth study of the concept of dharma and its relation to the other purusharthas -- artha, kama and moksha, as well as with society, science, religion, Ayurveda and secularism. Relying mainly on the Vedas, epics, Manusmriti and the writings of Plato, Vivekananda, Gandhi et al., these papers explore some contemporary issues relating to women (stri-dharma) and the dilemmas faced by the Indian diaspora, especially in the UK and the US.

These discussions have an appeal for a general reader as well as for scholars of Philosophy, Religion, Women's Studies, Modern India and Sociology.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602706
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602700
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2005
  • Pages : vi, 466p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 800
  • Bibliographic Details : Index

Introduction
1. 'Religion' or 'Dharma' -- Meaning and Motivation: Primarily in Indian Context

-- R.S. Bhatnagar

2. Philosophy, Religion, and Secularism: The Indian Context

-- Srinivasa Rao

3. Dharma -- Its Normative Base and Orthopraxeic Frame: Concept of Dharma and its Implications in Dharmashastras

-- Godabarisha Mishra

4. Semantics of Dharma

-- V. Kutumba Sastry

5. Dharma and Mohsha: Conflict, Continuity, and Identity

-- Mahesh M. Mehta

6. Mahatma Gandhi's Notion of Dharma: An Explication

-- Pushraj Jain

7. India, Europe, and Modernity

-- Saranindranath Tagore

8. Imperial Identities: The Construction of Britain and India in Children's Literature

-- Kathryn Castle

9. The Goals of Medicine -- Setting New Priorities: A Hindu Perspective

-- Cromwell Crawford

10. The Spiritual Self and Psychopathology: Theoretical Reflections and Clinical Observations

-- Alan Roland

11. Recontextualizing Indian History: A Hermenutic of Samskritikarana

-- Shrinivas Tilak

12. Secularism vs. Hindu Nationalism: Interrogating the Terms of the Debate

-- Makrand Pranjape

13. Hindu Dharma and Indian Funk

-- K. Dad Prithipaul

14. Vedic Mythology: An Archetypal Delineation of the Hindu World-View

-- B. Rambilass

15. Modern Philosophical Fragmentation versus Vedanta and Plato

-- Bart Gruzalski

16. The Dharmic Journey of Swami Vivekananda: From the Apostle of Hinduism Universalism to Hinduism as the Religion Eternal

-- George M. Williams

17. Stri Dharma -- Wife's Duties: A Hindu Textual and Contyextual Analysis among the Educated and Professional Women in Contemporary Indian Society and the Diaspora in UK and USA

-- Annapurna Devi Pandey

18. Women in the East and Women in the West

-- Ashima Khasnabish

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