Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (3):435 - 462 (1999)

Abstract
This article considers the importance of indigenous classifications in the study of comparative ethics. Specifically, it explores medieval South Asian gift discourses from Jain, Theravāda, and Hindu Dharmaśāstra sources, which list and discuss a variety of prescribed gifts. Such lists generally include a category of gift known as the "gift of fearlessness" (abhayadāna) , wherein refraining from harming others is considered a species of gift giv- ing. This type of gift and the discussions concerning it unite generosity and nonviolence in a way that is suggestive for understanding how some medieval South Asian theorists conceived of the gift, human nature, and altruism
Keywords fear  altruism  Jainism  Theravada Buddhism  gift  Dharmasastra  comparative ethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/0384-9694.00026
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,489
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Relevance of “Givenness” for the Indian Religious Traditions.Marcus SCHMÜCKER - 2014 - Argument: Biannual Philosophical Journal 4 (1):43-54.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-08-24

Total views
26 ( #441,730 of 2,520,891 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #405,457 of 2,520,891 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes