The Sense of Adharma

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAriel Glucklich

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Addressing one of the most difficult conceptual topics in the study of classical Hinduism, Ariel Glucklich presents a rigorous phenomenology of dharma, or order. The work moves away from the usual emphasis on symbols and theoretical formulations of dharma as a religious and moral norm.Instead, it focuses on images that emerge from the basic experiential interaction of the body in its spatial and temporal contexts, such as the sensation of water on the skin during the morning purification, or the physical manipulation of the bride during the marriage ritual. Images of dharma areexamined in myths, rituals, art, and even the physical landscape of the Hindu world. The varied and contingent experiences of dharma infuse it with a meaning that transcends a false analytical distinction from adharma, or chaos. Glucklich shows that when dharma is experienced by means of livingimages, it becomes inescapably temporal, and therefore inseparable from adharma.

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Addressing one of the most difficult conceptual topics in the study of classical Hinduism, Ariel Glucklich presents a rigorous phenomenology of dharma, or order. The work moves away from the usual emphasis on symbols and theoretical formulations of dharma as a religious and moral norm.Instead, it focuses on images that emerge from the ...

Ariel Glucklich is at St Lawrence University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083415

ISBN - 13:9780195083415

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"Reviving unfashionable theories is a brave endeavor, and Ariel Glucklich's The Sense of Adharma is a bold book. Glucklich is excellently prepared to fight his case."--The Journal of Religion