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Through the Lens of Dharma-Ethics

by: Indrani Sanyal

This volume primarily concerns itself with the elaboration and analysis of the Vaidika ethics as one of the exemplars of Dharma–Ethics, to answer the basic question as to why should one be moral. A sustained analysis has been carried out to explain the sense of transcendence of the empirically existent, in terms of abhyudaya, mukti for which this Dharma–Ethics is a supportive ladder.

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ISBN: 9788192611426
Year Of Publication: 2016
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xii, 315
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 600

Overview

Notwithstanding the profound and vast dimension of the concept of Dharma as such, Through the Lens of Dharma-Ethics, the author has endeavoured to put forward some of the metaphysical affirmations on which the feasibility of Dharma-Ethics as a discipline reposes. This volume primarily concerns itself with the elaboration and analysis of the Vaidika ethics as one of the exemplars of Dharma-Ethics, to answer the basic question as to why should one be moral.
An attempt has been made in this volume to rearrange and reformulate the answer by discussing the concepts of Dharma and its allied concepts, different kinds of karmas – prescribed for the individuals, the fourfold scheme of purushartha, psychology of human volition, roles of different psychological traits, nature of motivational force conveyed through the imperative statements and many other relevant issues.
A sustained analysis has been carried out to explain the sense of transcendence of the empirically existent, in terms of abhyudaya, mukti for which this Dharma-Ethics is a supportive ladder. “If there is hope for man, why should there not be hope for mankind?”– possibility of this sort has also been addressed. The human-centric Dharma-Ethics has been deciphered as a description and also as a prescription for the embodied humans with their various sort of indebtedness, about how they live and how they ought to live in the truth of Dharma.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. What Is Dharma-Ethics and Why It Has Been Entitled Dharma-Ethics
Sources of Moral Knowledge
Some Basic Metaphysical Presuppositions of Dharma-Ethics
2. Basic Concepts of Dharma-Ethics and Their Interconnectedness
Vedic and Upanishadic Concept of Dharma
Rita: The Cosmic Order
The Concept of Dharma in Jainism and Buddhism
The Concept of Yajna
Dharma, Rita and Yajna
3. Dharma as Universal and Specific Duties
Varna-dharma
Asrama-dharma
4. The Fourfold Scheme of Purusharthas Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha
5. The Nature of Human Motivation and Agency
The Prabhakara Account of Volition
6. Decoding Prescriptions for Work
The Analysis of Vidhivakya
7. Mitigating Qualms about Dharma-Ethics
How May an Individual Attain Moral Elevation or Acclivity?
What for Does an Individual Endeavour to Attain Moral Elevation or Growth?
Does God Need to Intervene in the Context of Morality?
8. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr Indrani Sanyal, Professor of Philosophy and Co-ordinator, Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, is in the teaching profession for more than thirty years now. Her areas of specialisation include Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Ethics, especially Indian Ethics and Aurobindonian Studies. Dr Sanyal has many published books to her credit, among them are: On Essentialist Claims; Understanding Thoughts of Sri Aurobindo; Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers; Ethics and Culture: Some Indian Reflections; Sri Aurobindo: The Poet, Philosopher and Yogi. She has also edited with an Introduction, 'A Collection of Essays' by Arabinda Basu.
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