Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life

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Overview

The twenty-five-hundred-year-old tradition of Jainism, which emphasizes nonviolence as the only true path leading to liberation, offers a worldview seemingly compatible with the goals of environmental activism. But can Jainism adopt a sociocentric environmentalism without compromising its own ascetic principles and spiritual tradition? How does traditional Jain cosmology view the natural world? How might a Jain ethical system respond to decisions regarding the development of dams, the proliferation of automobiles, overcrowding due to overpopulation, or the protection of individual animal species? Can there be a Jain environmental activism that addresses both the traditional concern for individual self-purification and the contemporary dilemma of ecosystem degradation? The voices in this volume reflect the dynamic nature of the Jain faith and its willingness to engage in discussion on a modern social issue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454335
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Key Chapple is Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Series Foreword
Introduction
I Jain Theories about the Nature of the Universe
The Jain Worldview and Ecology 3
Jain Ecological Perspectives 19
The Nature of Nature: Jain Perspectives on the Natural World 35
II Challenges to the Possibility of a Jain Environmental Ethic
Green Jainism? Notes and Queries toward a Possible Jain Environmental Ethic 63
The Limits of a Jain Environmental Ethic 95
The Living Earth of Jainism and the New Story: Rediscovering and Reclaiming a Functional Cosmology 119
Ecology, Economics, and Development in Jainism 141
III Voices within the Tradition: Jainism Is Ecological
The Environmental and Ecological Teachings of Tirthankara Mahavira 159
Ecology and Spirituality in the Jain Tradition 169
Jain Ecology 181
IV Tradition and Modernity: Can Jainism Meet the Environmental Challenge?
From Liberation to Ecology: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains 193
App The Jain Declaration on Nature 217
Select Bibliography 225
Notes on Contributors 233
Index 237
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