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Ethics

In Hindu tradition is gaming and gambling fun or a sin?

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Vasantha Rangachar
Date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 11:15
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Any discussion of the motivation of gambling usually starts with the natural comparison to life. Life is a gamble. Everyday, people are faced with situations which involve risk and chance. Professor Rangachar looks at the religious antecedents of gaming and the reaction to its development.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Vasantha

Value ethics in the early Upanishads: A hermeneutic exercise

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor T.S. Rukmani
Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 13:00
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The general view amongst scholars, and western scholars in particular, is that there is not sufficient attention paid to ethics in Hinduism. While no one holds that view seriously these days it does surface in discussions on Hinduism even today. This presentation tries to tackle that issue from the point of view of the early Upanishads. The main argument I develop is that moral theory and ethical behaviour is culture specific and there cannot be a uniform standard moral theory for all cultures.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor T.S.

The Subhasita as a social artifact

Lecture Type: 
Majewski Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Daud Ali
Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:15
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Subhasitas are Sanskrit sayings that generally make a moral point. This lecture will examine the role of ‘eloquent speech’ in the formation of social and political relationships in medieval India, showing the role of subhasita in the formation of ethics.

Daud Ali is Senior Lecturer in Early Indian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is author of Courtly Culture and PoliticalLife in Early Medieval India, and, with Ronald Inden and Jonathan Walters, of Querying the Medieval: Texts and the History of Practice in South Asia
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Daud

Indian Practical Ethics: Law, Gender, Justice, Ecological and Bioethical Challenges

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Purushottama Bilimoria
Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University in Australia and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne. Visiting Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley and Dominican University, San Anselmo, and Shivadasani Fellow of  Oxford University. His areas of specialist research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy and comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion, diaspora studies; bioethics, and personal law in India.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Purushottama