Hindu Ethics (Paperback)

Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia (Suny Series in Public Administration)

By Harold Coward (Editor), Julius Lipner (Editor), Katherine K. Young (Editor)

State University of New York Press, 9780887067648, 139pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 1988

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Modern Western approaches to India often have focused on metaphysics at the expense of ethics, leading many to see Hinduism as only concerned with the esoteric and the otherworldly. The chapters of this book offer case study explorations that are selected and presented to invite comparisons with the modern West. Such comparisons will help to remove the apparent otherworldly nature of Hindu thought from the minds of Western readers, as well as give depth and new significance to Indian ideas in the areas of medical ethics, social ethics, and human rights. The case studies demonstrate that Indian thought has not ignored deep reflection on ethical problems that are presenting serious challenges to the modern world. They demonstrate that Hinduism has a firm grounding in ethics, even when the most difficult questions are raised.

About the Author

Harold G. Coward is Professor and Director of Religious Studies and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Calgary. In addition to Jung and Eastern Thought, also published by SUNY Press, Coward's books include Bhartrhari, Sphota Theory of Language, Studies in Indian Thought, and Pluralism: Challenge to World Religions.Julius J. Lipner is University Lecturer in the Comparative Study of Religion in the University of Cambridge; he is also Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is the author of The Face of Truth: A Study of Meaning and Metaphysics in the Vedantic Theology of Ramanuja, also published by SUNY Press.Katherine K. Young is Chair of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University.