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Holistic Approach to Knowledge

M.V. Nadkarni

in Ethics For Our Times

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198073864.003.0008
Holistic Approach to Knowledge

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This chapter examines the relevance and contribution of the Bhagavadgita to ethics and social science research in India. It explains that most of the training in social science research methodology in India is focused on quantitative techniques of the inductive method and are deprived of valuable insights which can come from a holistic approach. This chapter highlights the Gita's call for a holistic approach to knowledge called saatvik and provides examples of the application of the holistic approach in social sciences, particularly in economics and applied ethics.

Keywords: Bhagavadgita; ethics; social science research; India; holistic approach; saatvik; economics; applied ethics; quantitative techniques; inductive method

Chapter.  11981 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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