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Dharma and Ethics: The Indian Ideal of Human Perfection

 
Bijoy H. Boruah (Editor) D.C. Srivastava (Editor)
Synopsis

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.

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About the authors

Bijoy H. Boruah

Bijoy H. Boruah is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, kanpur, Currently he is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at IIT Delhi. Professor Boruah has published papers on a wide range of topics in philosophy and literature. He has published a book entitled Fiction and Emotion: A Study in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Mind ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988) and has edited a book entitled Social Reality and Tradition ( Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2006).

D.C. Srivastava

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 “Dharmakiti’s Theory of Anumana-Pramana: A Study of Nyayabindu)’. He gas 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.

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Bibliographic information

Title Dharma and Ethics: The Indian Ideal of Human Perfection
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8186921516, 9788186921517
length viii+288p., Index; 23cm.