Humanism in Hinduism*

M.V. Nadkarni

in Ethics For Our Times

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082162 | DOI:
Humanism in Hinduism*

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This chapter examines the existence of the concept of humanism in the doctrine of Hinduism. It discusses different definitions of humanism and argues that while Mahatma Gandhi was an all-round humanist he could hardly have agreed to being called a secular humanist in the Western sense. This chapter discusses how Hinduism can be considered humanistic and the criticisms of Hinduism from a humanist angle. It also shows that Hinduism, far from being inconsistent with humanism, shows concern both for human responsibility and human welfare, not merely in the scriptures and other literature, but also in practice.

Keywords: humanism; Hinduism; Mahatma Gandhi; secular humanist; human responsibility; human welfare

Chapter.  4954 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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