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Universalism in India and the West

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195665857
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0008
Universalism in India and the West

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This chapter argues that the core concept underlying universalism differs significantly in India and the West, and that, if this significant difference is overlooked, discourse on the issue of rights becomes warped, as two interlocuting cultures use the same word to mean different things. However, once such confusion is cleared, the discourse on universalism is enriched. The chapter begins by identifying one sphere where the concepts of ‘universal’ in the two interlocuting cultures actually do converge. It then demonstrates why the senses begin to diverge when they do, and how they diverge when they do. This paves the way for developing the propositions outlined in the final section.

Keywords: universalism; human rights discourse; India; West; interlocuting cultures

Chapter.  5974 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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