Ethics and Epics: The Collected Essays of Bimal Krishna Matilal Volume II

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byBimal Krishna Matilal

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The unifying motif of Bimal Krishna Matilal's work is the study of rational traditions in Indian philosophical thought. With his ability to span the divide between the Indian and Western intellectual traditions, he brought contemporary techniques of analytical philosophy to bear upon theissues raised in classical Indian philosophy and, conversely, to highlight the relevance of Indian thought in the modern world. From analyses of the arguments of the classical philosophers to an evaluation of the role of philosophy in classical Indian society, from critique of Western perceptions of Indian philosophy to reflection on the thought of Indian intellectuals like Bankimchandra and Radhakrishnan, the two volumesbring together rare and landmark essays. This volume includes sections on dharma, rationality and moral dilemmas; epics and ethics; pluralism, relativism, and interaction between cultures; ideas from the east; and concepts in Indian religions. The companion volume, Mind, Language and World, dealswith scepticism and mysticism; Nyaya realism; Indian Buddhism; Sanskrit semantics; and philosophy in India: perceptions and problems.

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The unifying motif of Bimal Krishna Matilal's work is the study of rational traditions in Indian philosophical thought. With his ability to span the divide between the Indian and Western intellectual traditions, he brought contemporary techniques of analytical philosophy to bear upon theissues raised in classical Indian philosophy and,...

Bimal Krishna Matilal (1935-91) was Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics, All Souls College, Oxford. Jonardon Ganeri is Recurrent Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Kingas College London, and Global Professor, New York University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.31 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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VOLUME IIPART I. DHARMA, RATIONALITY AND MORAL DILEMMAS1. Moral Dilemmas and Religious Dogmas2. Sri Ramakr?s?n?a: Simplicity with Profundity3. Moral Dilemmas: Insights from Indian Epics4. Elusiveness and Ambiguity in Dharma-Ethics5. Dharma and Rationality6. Rationality, Dharma and the Praman?a TheoryPART II. EPICS AND ETHICS7. Rama's Moral Decisions8. Krishna: In Defence of a Devious Divinity9. The Throne: Was Duryodhana Wrong?10. Karma and Renunciation11. Caste, Karma and the Gita12. Love and Sensuality in the Epics13. Violence in the Epics: Sati and SuicidePART III. PLURALISM, RELATIVISM AND INTERACTION BETWEEN CULTURES14. The Problem of Inter-faith Studies15. Towards Defining Religion in the Indian Context16. Religion and Value17. Between Peace and Deterrence18. Ethical Relativism and Confrontation of Cultures19. Pluralism, Relativism and Interaction Between CulturesPART IV. IDEAS FR0M THE EAST20. The East, the Other21. Salvation in a Bottle: Religion, Psychedelics and MysticismaA Post-mortem22. Yoga, Mediation and Mantras: The Oceanic Feeling23. Back to Godhead: The Hare Kr?s?n?a MovementPART V. CONCEPTS IN INDIAN RELIGIONS24. On Omnipotence25. Duh?kha, Nirvan?a and Holy Men26. On the Universality of Suffering27. The Quest for Immortality28. Karma and the Moral Order29. A Note on Sam?karaas TheodicyIndex