Hindu Ethics: Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia / Edition 1

Hindu Ethics: Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia / Edition 1

by Harold Coward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887067646

ISBN-13: 9780887067648

Pub. Date: 12/06/1988

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887067648
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/06/1988
Series:
SUNY Series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, A Series Devoted to International Scholarship Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
139
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction

1. Purity in Hinduism: With Particular Reference to Patanjali's YOGA SUTRAS
Harold G. Coward

2. The Classical Hindu View on Abortion and the Moral Status of the Unborn
Julius J. Lipner

3. Euthanasia: Traditional Hindu Views and the Contemporary Debate
Katherine K. Young

About the Authors
Index

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