Indian Ethics: Essence, Theory and Praxis

Authors

  • Kamalpreet Kaur Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Keywords:

Dharma, Ethics, Karma, Niti, Indian Folktales

Abstract

The paper aims at sculpting out the practice of ethics by comparing and contrasting it with morals, religion, metaphysics, among others in turn highlighting the praxis of ethics in India. It also aims to differentiate between the western concept of morals and ethics while drawing out an argument in favour of Indian ethics or Niti. Though ancient, Nitishastra is still as relevant as ever and teaches righteousness by balancing Karma with Dharma where Dharma is the cosmic order that upholds the world. Nitishastra inclines more in favour of ethics which are intuitive than morals which are law-bound. Furthermore, Indian ethics come close to values that are innate, inherent and inclusive; thus, possessing spiritual affinity which one attains only by exploring one’s self or the Self. The awareness of the Self fortifies one by empowering against the vulnerability of emotions and impulses adding further to the tenets of Indian ethics. The value of the paper lies in the use of Indian Folktales to highlight the uniqueness of Indian Ethics.

Author Biography

Kamalpreet Kaur, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

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Published

2022-07-01

How to Cite

Kaur, K. (2022). Indian Ethics: Essence, Theory and Praxis. Tattva Journal of Philosophy, 14(2). Retrieved from https://journals.christuniversity.in/index.php/tattva/article/view/3387

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