The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition

The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition

by Gavin Flood, Flood Gavin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521843383

ISBN-13: 9780521843386

Pub. Date: 11/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Focusing on Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, this book argues that asceticism must be understood within the boundaries of tradition. It exemplifies a completely new paradigm for comparative religion which seeks to avoid a problematic universalism on the one hand and an area-specific relativism on the other. The volume's original contribution to methodology will

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Overview

Focusing on Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, this book argues that asceticism must be understood within the boundaries of tradition. It exemplifies a completely new paradigm for comparative religion which seeks to avoid a problematic universalism on the one hand and an area-specific relativism on the other. The volume's original contribution to methodology will be influential in the future development of comparative religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521843386
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Setting the parameters; Part I. The Ascetic Self in Text and History: 2. The asceticism of work: Simone Weil; 3. The asceticism of action: The Bhagavad-gita and Yoga-sutras; 4. The asceticism of action: Tantra; 5. The asceticism of the Middle Way; 6. The asceticism of the desert; 7. The asceticism of love and wisdom; Part II. Theorising the Ascetic Self: 8. The ritual construction of the ascetic self; 9. Modernity and the ascetic self.

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