Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures

Nature in Indian Philosophy and Cultural Traditions

Authors: Baindur, Meera

Free Preview
  • First comprehensive book on the subject of environmental philosophy in Indian traditions of thought
  • Contains exclusive reference to nature in Indian philosophical systems
  • Extremely relevant to understanding the current environmental crisis and ethical attitudes to the environment
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2358-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 99,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2357-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 99,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2999-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2358-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 99,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2357-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 99,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2999-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nature in Indian Philosophy and Cultural Traditions
Authors
Series Title
Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-2358-0
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-2358-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-2357-3
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-2999-5
Series ISSN
2211-1107
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 219
Topics