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Rationalism as a Way of Life

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0015
Rationalism as a Way of Life

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The aim of this chapter is to outline the consequences of rationalism in the everyday lives of ANiS members. Various applications of the worldview of rationalism can be as simple as that of an avoidance of alcohol, to so far-reaching that individuals may fall out with their friends and family if they do not share their views, or as controversial as a decision to object to all final rituals in the case of death and instead donate their whole bodies or particular organs to medical use. Further, it is outlined how the underlying ideological position of exclusive humanism and modern materialism often goes against mainstream Hinduism. ANiS activists accordingly reject many of their fellow Indians beliefs and practices as immoral, as well as ineffective and irrational.

Keywords: lived rationalism; everyday live; application; ritual; death; organ donation; exclusive humanism; modern materialism; Hinduism

Chapter.  12386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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