Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life

Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life

by Christopher Key Chapple
     
 

ISBN-10: 0945454333

ISBN-13: 9780945454335

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945454335
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
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)

Table of Contents

Preface
Series Foreword
Introduction
IJain Theories about the Nature of the Universe
The Jain Worldview and Ecology3
Jain Ecological Perspectives19
The Nature of Nature: Jain Perspectives on the Natural World35
IIChallenges to the Possibility of a Jain Environmental Ethic
Green Jainism? Notes and Queries toward a Possible Jain Environmental Ethic63
The Limits of a Jain Environmental Ethic95
The Living Earth of Jainism and the New Story: Rediscovering and Reclaiming a Functional Cosmology119
Ecology, Economics, and Development in Jainism141
IIIVoices within the Tradition: Jainism Is Ecological
The Environmental and Ecological Teachings of Tirthankara Mahavira159
Ecology and Spirituality in the Jain Tradition169
Jain Ecology181
IVTradition and Modernity: Can Jainism Meet the Environmental Challenge?
From Liberation to Ecology: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains193
AppThe Jain Declaration on Nature217
Select Bibliography225
Notes on Contributors233
Index237

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