Featuring leading scholars from philosophy and religious studies, The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics dispels the myth that Indian thinkers and philosophers were uninterested in ethics. This comprehensive research handbook traces Indian moral philosophy through classical, scholastic Indian philosophy, pan-Indian literature including the Epics, Ayurvedic medical ethics, as well as recent, traditionalist and Neo-Hindu contributions. Contrary to the usual myths about India (that Indians were too busy being religious to care about ethics), moral theory constitutes the paradigmatic differentia of formal Indian philosophy, and is reflected richly in popular literature. Many of the papers make this clear by an analytic explication that draws critical comparisons and contrasts between classical Indian moral philosophy and contemporary contributions to ethics. By critically addressing ethics as a sub-discipline of philosophy and acknowledging the mistaken marginalization of Indian moral philosophy, this handbook reveals how Indian contributions can illuminate contemporary philosophical research on ethics. Unlike previous approaches to Indian ethics, this volume is organized in accordance with major topics in moral philosophy. The volume contains an extended introduction, exploring topics in moral semantics, the philosophy of thought, (metaethical and normative) ethical theory, and the politics of scholarship, which serve to show how the diversity of Indian moral philosophy is a contribution to the discipline of ethics. With an overview of Indian moral theory, and a glossary, this is a valuable guide to understanding the past, present and future research directions of a central component of Indian philosophy.
Table of contents:
Preface Part I: Western Imperialism, Philosophy and Ethics (Shyam Ranganathan) 1. Moral Philosophy: The Right and the Good 2. Philosophy, Religion and Scholarship 3. The West, the Primacy of Linguistics and Indology 4. Beyond Moral Twin Earth: Beyond Indology 5. Interpretation, Explication and Secondary Sources Part II: Moral Theory 6. The Scope for Wisdom: Early Buddhism on Reasons and Persons - Jake Davis 7. Jaina Virtue Ethics: Action and NonAction - Jayandra Soni 8. Patanjali's Yoga: Universal Ethics as the Formal Cause of Autonomy - Shyam Ranganathan 9. Nyaya Consequentialism - Kisor Chakrabarti 10. Mindfulness and Moral Transformation: Awakening to Others in Santideva's Ethics - William Edelglass 11. Three Vedantas: Three Accounts of Character, Freedom and Responsibility - Shyam Ranganathan Part III: Applied Ethics 12. Medical Ethics in the Sanskrit Medical Tradition - Dagmar Wujastyk 13. Toward a Complete and Integral Mimamsa Ethics: Learning with Madhava's GARLAND of Jaimini's Reasons - Francis X. Clooney, SJ Part IV: Ethics and Politics 14. A Study in the Narrative Ethics of the Mahabharata - Edeltraud Harzer 15. Ethics of M. K. Gandhi: Non-Violence and Truth - A. Raghuramaraju 16. The Ethics of Radical Equality: Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan's Neo-Hinduism as a form of Spiritual Liberalism - Ashwani Peetush Glossary Index
Shyam Ranganathan is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department of York University, Canada.