Rebirth and the Stream of LifeRebirth and the Stream of Life

The Doctrine of Reincarnation Ethically Considered. International Journal of Ethics 22 (2): 158–79. Meenakshisundaram, T. P. 1967. Common Folk of Tamilnad and Theory of Karma and Rebirth. Indian Philosophical Annual 1:24–31.

Author: Mikel Burley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628922271


Page: 208

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Rebirth and the Stream of Life explores the diversity as well as the ethical and religious significance of rebirth beliefs, focusing especially on Hindu and Buddhist traditions but also discussing indigenous religions and ancient Greek thought. Utilizing resources from religious studies, anthropology and theology, an expanded conception of philosophy of religion is exemplified, which takes seriously lived experience rather than treating religious beliefs in isolation from their place in believers' lives. Drawing upon his expertise in interdisciplinary working and Wittgenstein-influenced approaches, Mikel Burley examines several interrelated phenomena, including purported past-life memories, the relationship between metaphysics and ethics, efforts to 'demythologize' rebirth, and moral critiques of the doctrine of karma. This range of topics, with rebirth as a unifying theme, makes the book of value to anyone interested in philosophy, the study of religions, and what it means to believe that we undergo multiple lives.


"Concept of Action in the Bhagavad-Gita," Philosophy and Phenenomonological ... Mead, G.R.S. "Doctrine of Reincarnation; Ethically Considered," 1nternational Journal of Ethics, (January 1912), 159. 554. . Orpheus London: Theosophical ...

Author: Joel Bjorling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136511400


Page: 194

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

When Souls Had WingsWhen Souls Had Wings

Plato, for example, considers the soul to be the principle of life. As the essence of self-action and ... G. R. S. Mead, “The Doctrine of Reincarnation Ethically Considered,” International Journal of Ethics 22.2 (January 1912): 159. 5.

Author: Terryl L. Givens

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190914486


Page: 400

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The idea of the pre-existence of the soul has been extremely important, widespread, and persistent throughout Western history--from even before the philosophy of Plato to the poetry of Robert Frost. When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"--the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born. And typically it is seen as a descent--a falling away from a happier and untroubled state into the turbulent and sinful world we know. The title of the book refers to the idea put forward in antiquity that our souls begin with wings, and that only after shedding those wings do we fall to earth. The book not only traces the history of the idea of pre-existence, but also captures its meaning for those who have embraced it. Givens describes how pre-existence has been invoked to explain "the better angels of our nature," including the human yearning for transcendence and the sublime. Pre-existence has been said to account for why we know what we should not know, whether in the form of a Greek slave's grasp of mathematics, the moral sense common to humanity, or the human ability to recognize universals. The belief has explained human bonds that seem to have their own mysterious prehistory, salved the wounded sensibility of a host of thinkers who could not otherwise account for the unevenly distributed pain and suffering that are humanity's common lot, and has been posited by philosophers and theologians alike to salvage the principle of human freedom and accountability. When Souls had Wings underscores how durable (and controversial) this idea has been throughout the history of Western thought, the theological dangers it has represented, and how prominently it has featured in poetry, literature, and art.

Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism Epistemology and EthicsPlato and Plotinus on Mysticism Epistemology and Ethics

Lodge, Rupert C. (1966), Plato's Theory of Ethics: The Moral Criterion and the Highest Good, New York: Archon Books. ... Mead, G.R.S. (1912), “The Doctrine of Reincarnation Ethically Considered,” International Journal of Ethics, Vol.

Author: David J. Yount

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474298438


Page: 304

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This book argues against the common view that there are no essential differences between Plato and the Neoplatonist philosopher, Plotinus, on the issues of mysticism, epistemology, and ethics. Beginning by examining the ways in which Plato and Plotinus claim that it is possible to have an ultimate experience that answers the most significant philosophical questions, David J. Yount provides an extended analysis of why we should interpret both philosophers as mystics. The book then moves on to demonstrate that both philosophers share a belief in non-discursive knowledge and the methods to attain it, including dialectic and recollection, and shows that they do not essentially differ on any significant views on ethics. Making extensive use of primary and secondary sources, Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology and Ethics shows the similarities between the thought of these two philosophers on a variety of philosophical questions, such as meditation, divination, wisdom, knowledge, truth, happiness and love.

Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek ThoughtUniverse and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought

Mead, G. R. S. (1912), 'The Doctrine of Reincarnation Ethically Considered', International Journal of Ethics 22, 158–79. Miller, M. (2006), 'Ambiguity and Transport: Reflections on the Proem to Parmenides' Poem', in David Sedley (ed.) ...

Author: Seaford Richard Seaford

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474411011


Page: 320

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From the sixth century BCE onwards there occurred a revolution in thought, with novel ideas such as such as that understanding the inner self is both vital for human well-being and central to understanding the universe. This intellectual transformation is sometimes called the beginning of philosophy. And it occurred - independently it seems - in both India and Greece, but not in the vast Persian Empire that divided them. How was this possible? This is a puzzle that has never been solved. This volume brings together Hellenists and Indologists representing a variety of perspectives on the similarities and differences between the two cultures, and on how to explain them. It offers a collaborative contribution to the burgeoning interest in the Axial Age and will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the big questions inspired by the ancient world.

T S Eliot and Indic TraditionsT S Eliot and Indic Traditions

... leading either to rebirth or to liberation , is the concept of karma , a law of " action and reaction " as Mead calls it : Good actions have good 6 G. R. S. Mead , “ The Doctrine of Reincarnation Ethically considered .

Author: Cleo McNelly Kearns

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521324394


Page: 286

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An exploration of Eliot's lifelong interest in Indic philosophy and religion.

Indian Thoughts And Its DevelopmentIndian Thoughts And Its Development

And now the doctrine of reincarnation steps in to give ethics their rights by the side of supra-ethical mysticism and at the same time place this doctrine at the service of ethics. Ethics gain the important recognition that from ethical ...

Author: Albert Schweitzer

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473389007


Page: 288

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PREFACE: I have written this short account of Indian Thought and its Development in the hope that it may help people in Europe to become better ac quainted than they are at present with the ideas it stands for and the great personalities in whom these ideas are embodied. To gain an insight into Indian thought, and to analyse it and discuss our differences, must necessarily make European thought clearer and richer. If we really want to understand the thought of India we must get clear about the problems it has to face and how it deals with them. What we have to do is to set forth and explain the process of develop ment it has passed through from the time of the Vedic hymns down to the present day. I am fully conscious of the difficulty of describing definite lines of development in a philosophy which possesses in so remarkable a degree the will and the ability not to perceive contrasts as such, and allows ideas of heterogeneous character to subsist side by side and even brings them into connection with each other. But I believe that we, the people of the West, shall only rightly comprehend what Indian thought really is and what is its significance for the thought of all mankind, if we succeed in gaining an insight into its processes.

Ethical TheoryEthical Theory

Of course, a doctrine of reincarnation could be combined with theism, but we are here concerned with versions of ... Consider: given that reincarnation and karma hold in the absence of any Deity, the universe is governed not only by ...

Author: Russ Shafer-Landau

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118316825


Page: 816

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The second edition of Ethical Theory: An Anthology features a comprehensive collection of more than 80 essays from classic and contemporary philosophers that address questions at the heart of moral philosophy. Brings together 82 classic and contemporary pieces by renowned philosophers, from seminal works by Hume and Kant to contemporary views by Derek Parfit, Susan Wolf, Judith Jarvis Thomson, and many more Features updates and the inclusion of a new section on feminist ethics, along with a general introduction and section introductions by Russ Shafer-Landau Guides readers through key areas in ethical theory including consequentialism, deontology, contractarianism, and virtue ethics Includes underrepresented topics such as moral knowledge, moral standing, moral responsibility, and ethical particularism

Perspectives on Reincarnation Hindu Christian and ScientificPerspectives on Reincarnation Hindu Christian and Scientific

The doctrine of karma, then, does not absolve human beings from ethical duties; rather, it acts as a constraint on our freedom to perform them. This constraint is not absolute; Radhakrishnan likens this constraint to others we face as ...

Author: Jeffery D. Long

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783038975359


Page: 200

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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific" that was published in Religions

The Public Forum and Christian EthicsThe Public Forum and Christian Ethics

This is particularly clear in the emphasis on the doctrine of reincarnation characteristic of some of the ... cannot be considered to be constitutive of one's own selfrealization , which is being enacted on another spiritual plane .

Author: Robert Gascoigne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052179093X


Page: 248

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The communication of Christian ethics in the public forum of liberal, secular societies.

Time s UrgencyTime s Urgency

23 Reincarnation & Global Futures in Mitchell's Fictional Worlds 2 “Treading on Spirals”: Reincarnation in the ... and concrete” (18–19).9 The concept of “reincarnation time,” in which this approach to reincarnation is considered as a ...

Author: Carlos Montemayor

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004408241


Page: 320

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This book offers a unique contemporary perspective on the interdisciplinary study of time. It will open paths for new approaches regarding narrative structure and urgency. These are themes that are becoming increasingly relevant during our times.

Time Space and Ethics in the Thought of Martin Heidegger Watsuji Tetsuro and Kuki ShuzoTime Space and Ethics in the Thought of Martin Heidegger Watsuji Tetsuro and Kuki Shuzo

In this way a living being, when considered in relation to time, forms an endless continuum ... 12 I believe that this is what Kuki means when he says that the doctrine of rebirth is governed by the principle of identity.13 He means ...

Author: Graham Mayeda

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135506087


Page: 176

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In this book, Graham Mayeda demonstrates how Watsuji Tetsuro and Kuki Shuzo, two twentieth-century Japanese philosophers, criticize and interpret Heideggerian philosophy, articulating traditional Japanese ethics in a modern idiom.

Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital EraMindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era

Therefore, “s/he” cannot be reincarnated or reborn but can only re-become (go through punabbhava). ... Buddhists should be aware that the Hindu concept of reincarnation presumes the passing of a “permanent” or unchanged soul to the next ...

Author: Shelton A. Gunaratne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317527688


Page: 240

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This book aims to be the first comprehensive exposition of "mindful journalism"—drawn from core Buddhist ethical principles—as a fresh approach to journalism ethics. It suggests that Buddhist mindfulness strategies can be applied purposively in journalism to add clarity, fairness and equity to news decision-making and to offer a moral compass to journalists facing ethical dilemmas in their work. It comes at a time when ethical values in the news media are in crisis from a range of technological, commercial and social factors, and when both Buddhism and mindfulness have gained considerable acceptance in Western societies. Further, it aims to set out foundational principles to assist journalists dealing with vulnerable sources and recovering from traumatic assignments.

Time Space and Ethics in the Philosophy of Watsuji Tetsur Kuki Sh z and Martin HeideggerTime Space and Ethics in the Philosophy of Watsuji Tetsur Kuki Sh z and Martin Heidegger

In this way a living being, when considered in relation to time, forms an endless ... 12 I believe that this is what Kuki means when he says that the doctrine of rebirth is governed by the principle of identity.13 He means that every ...

Author: Graham Mayeda

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415976732


Page: 263

View: 548

In this book, Graham Mayeda demonstrates how Watsuji Tetsuro and Kuki Shuzo, two twentieth-century Japanese philosophers, criticize and interpret Heideggerian philosophy, articulating traditional Japanese ethics in a modern idiom.

Principles of Health Care EthicsPrinciples of Health Care Ethics

The use of medicine for a longer, healthier life is in no way seen as incompatible with spiritual practice, ... The thrust of the no-self doctrine is complicated within the Buddhist tradition, however, by the doctrine of reincarnation.

Author: Richard Edmund Ashcroft

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119184829


Page: 864

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Edited by four leading members of the new generation of medical andhealthcare ethicists working in the UK, respected worldwide fortheir work in medical ethics, Principles of Health CareEthics, Second Edition is a standard resource forstudents, professionals, and academics wishing to understandcurrent and future issues in healthcare ethics. With a distinguished international panel of contributors workingat the leading edge of academia, this volume presents acomprehensive guide to the field, with state of the artintroductions to the wide range of topics in modern healthcareethics, from consent to human rights, from utilitarianism tofeminism, from the doctor-patient relationship toxenotransplantation. This volume is the Second Edition of the highly successful workedited by Professor Raanan Gillon, Emeritus Professor of MedicalEthics at Imperial College London and former editor of the Journalof Medical Ethics, the leading journal in this field. Developments from the First Edition include: Thefocus on ‘Four Principles Method’ is relaxed to covermore different methods in health care ethics. More material on newmedical technologies is included, the coverage of issues on thedoctor/patient relationship is expanded, and material on ethics andpublic health is brought together into a new section.

Plato s LogicPlato s Logic

3.7 REINCARNATION (79E–84B) Socrates says that psyches are reborn in accordance with their activities, ... there is a way to build around this by reflecting that the Phaedo's doctrine of reincarnation is both metaphysical and ethical.

Author: Tommi Juhani Hanhijärvi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780761870906


Page: 224

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Plato’s Logic analyzes thirteen Platonic works, but it focuses on five of them because these instance the logic most completely. The logic is found to be uniform throughout Plato’s corpus, so it does not evolve after its genesis as a revision of Heraclitus.

Longevity and Quality of LifeLongevity and Quality of Life

At the back of all these speculations lies the concept of reincarnation proprement dit. ... (11) CONCLUSION Some of us who are involved in research of this kind do not always consider carefully enough the ethical problems it poses.

Author: Robert N. Butler

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461542490


Page: 321

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Nations around the world are experiencing a spectacular increase in longevity. Society as a whole is being challenged by issues arising from this revolution in longevity. Although the specter of the loneliness and existential suffering of older citizens is such that some people under the age of 65 find it difficult to conceive of a long-term future, persons over 85 have proven that aging does not necessarily preclude a healthy and productive life. Extraordinary progress in both curative and preventive medicine justifies optimism about the quality of life and state of well-being that can be enjoyed even in great old age. We should look to professionals in diverse fields to develop creative solutions to the inevitable issues that will arise with aging. Governments must prepare for the future health of their citizens by making long-term investments to educate all sectors of society in the value of good nutrition, exercise, and lifestyles that enhance well-being throughout life. Also, governments should realize that the main cause of health care expenditure is serious illness which occurs in persons of all ages, and not predominantly in older people. Early detection can help save lives, as well. Health and longevity of life will ultimately end as a political issue. What is needed is long-term government investments necessary for a viable health policy. The question arises: will world leaders be able to commit to such a policy? Two major socioeconomic phenomena may have a regulating effect on this issue. The first is the emergence of pressure groups that have come into being in response to a particular health issue, such as AIDS. The second is the emergence of ethics committees in developed nations that deal solely with health issues.