Emily T. Hudson

in Disorienting Dharma

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860760
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979936 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religions in Translation


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The concluding chapter argues that the Mahābhārata provides us with a new template for how to read works of religious and literary art, particularly with respect to the task of locating those moments where such texts are suggesting ideas rather than directly stating them. The conclusion also recommends that academic discussions of ethics in the Mahābhārata should be de-centered from the topic of dharma and re-centered on the issue of suffering, particularly on the relationship between suffering and dharma. Suffering is the primary aesthetic ground for ethics in the epic.

Keywords: dharma; suffering; ethics

Chapter.  2528 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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