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Nature in Indian Philosophy and Cultural Traditions

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Working within a framework of environmental philosophy and environmental ethics, this book describes and postulates alternative understandings of nature in Indian traditions of thought, particularly philosophy. The interest in alternative conceptualizations of nature has gained significance after many thinkers pointed out that attitudes to the environment are determined to a large extent by our presuppositions of nature. This book is particularly timely from that perspective.

It begins with a brief description of the concept of nature and a history of the idea of nature in Western thought. This provides readers with a context to the issues around the concept of nature in environmental philosophy, setting a foundation for further discussion about alternate conceptualizations of nature and their significance. In particular, the work covers a wide array of textual and non-textual sources to link and understand nature from classical Indian philosophical perspectives as well as popular understandings in Indian literary texts and cultural practices. Popular issues in environmental philosophy are discussed in detail, such as: What is 'nature' in Indian philosophy? How do people perceive nature through landscape and mythological and cultural narratives? In what ways is nature sacred in India?

To make the discussion relevant to contemporary readers, the book includes a section on the ecological and ethical implications of some philosophical concepts and critical perspectives on alternate conceptualizations of nature.



Dr Meera Baindur currently is Faculty at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University. She has a doctoral degree from Manipal University in the interdisciplinary area of environmental philosophy which she completed through the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Earlier, she stayed with village communities in the Himalayas for a few years, working directly on environment and sustainability issues. During this time she also pursued traditional studies in Indian philosophy and yoga. Her research interests include environmental philosophy and environmental humanities: conceptualisation of nature in Indian thought, ecological and environmental ethics. Her recent publications include papers related to the idea of place. She has taught and lectured on traditional Indian philosophy, philosophy of religion, Hinduism, mythology and narratives. Her recent work centres on religions and ecological practice, rituals and cultural geography.



Auteur

Dr Meera Baindur currently is Faculty at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University. She has a doctoral degree from Manipal University in the interdisciplinary area of environmental philosophy which she completed through the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Earlier, she stayed with village communities in the Himalayas for a few years, working directly on environment and sustainability issues. During this time she also pursued traditional studies in Indian philosophy and yoga. Her research interests include environmental philosophy and environmental humanities: conceptualisation of nature in Indian thought, ecological and environmental ethics. Her recent publications include papers related to the idea of place. She has taught and lectured on traditional Indian philosophy, philosophy of religion, Hinduism, mythology and narratives. Her recent work centres on religions and ecological practice, rituals and cultural geography.



Contenu
?Chapter 1. World-views and Issues around Nature.- Chapter 2. Conceptualisations of Nature: The Narratives So Far.- Chapter 3. Conceptualisations of Nature in Indian Traditions of Thought.- Chapter 4. Nature as Elemental: The Matter of Nature.- Chapter 5. Nature in Some Philosophical Traditions of India: Basis for a Common Ground.- Chapter 6. Topo-centric Views of Nature.- Chapter 7. Sacred Geographies and an Ethics of Relating with Reverence.- Chapter 8. Nature in Vedic Thought: Gods, the Earth and Rta.- Chapter 9. Nature in Literature: Nature's Presence and Absence.- Chapter 10. Relating to Nature: Worship, Care and Ecological Ethics.- Chapter 11. Creating New Paradigms of Understanding: Action and Ecology.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Nature in Indian Philosophy and Cultural Traditions
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Code EAN: 9788132223580
ISBN: 978-81-322-2358-0
Protection contre la copie numérique: filigrane numérique
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: Springer
Genre: Philosophie
nombre de pages: 219
Parution: 19.05.2015
Année: 2015
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 2.9 MB