Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life by Christopher Key Chapple | 9780945454335 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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

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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)

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