Ethics and epics : the Collected essays of Bimal Krishna by Bimal Krishna Matilal

By Bimal Krishna Matilal

The unifying motif of Bimal Krishna Matilal's paintings is the research of rational traditions in Indian philosophical proposal. along with his skill to span the divide among the Indian and Western highbrow traditions, he introduced modern concepts of analytical philosophy to undergo upon the problems raised in classical Indian philosophy and, conversely, to focus on the relevance of Indian proposal within the smooth world.

From analyses of the arguments of the classical philosophers to an assessment of the function of philosophy in classical Indian society, from critique of Western perceptions of Indian philosophy to mirrored image at the considered Indian intellectuals like Bankimchandra and Radhakrishnan, the 2 volumes compile infrequent and landmark essays. This quantity comprises sections on dharma, rationality and ethical dilemmas; epics and ethics; pluralism, relativism, and interplay among cultures; rules from the east; and ideas in Indian religions. The better half quantity, brain, Language and global, bargains with scepticism and mysticism; Nyaya realism; Indian Buddhism; Sanskrit semantics; and philosophy in India: perceptions and difficulties.

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This, of course, leads to the problem of literal versus metaphorical uses of the word—an intricate issue which I do not wish to enter into here. This may also not be relevant to the context. 17. For a clear notion of 'paradigm shifts', see Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University of Chicago Press, 1962. However, I am using the term in an extended sense. C. Northrop (1946), that, in Asia, religions, aesthetics and ethics—all have remained wellintegrated. This seems to be a positive appreciation.

Both legal and social codes were designated by the pervasive term dharma, as were the moral principles or moral codes. The intentional ambiguity of the world dharma—its often-emphasized subtlety and everelusive nature (as Bhisma emphasized on this occasion)—is too well Moral Dilemmas: Insights from Indian Epics I 21 known to be mentioned here. DraupadI, on the other hand, was standing up for the rights and autonomy of the entire womanhood ofthat time, although she had to conform at the end, and the situation was saved by a miracle.

All four brothers lay dead on the ground. As Yudhisthira descended to get water, a terrifying voice said: 'Do not be rash, O Prince. This lake belongs to me. I am a stork. Your brothers did not listen to me and descended to get water without answering my questions. Hence they are dead. ' Yudhisthira wanted to know who he was. 'A yaksa,' was the reply. A yaksa is a mysterious creature. In the Kena Upanisad, Brahman appeared in the form of a yaksa before some gods who were celebrating their victory over the demons.

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