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Ethical Life in South Asia

Edited by Anand Pandian and Daud Ali
Breaking from prevailing conceptions of ethics and morality as matters of moral rule or principle, this volume calls attention to ethical life in South Asia—the moral dispositions at work in lived experience, and the embodied practices of ethical engagement through which such dispositions may be cultivated and shared. Taking up themes such as the transmission of tradition, ethical engagements with modernity, ethical practices of the self, and moral relations between self and others, this volume puts South Asian traditions of ethical life into conversation with the Aristotelian, Christian, and liberal traditions that have been so consequential for ethical life in the West.

About the Authors

Anand Pandian is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India.

Daud Ali is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India.


"[A] welcome addition to the growing body of literature on ethics in South Asia. While not losing sight of the significance of texts and religion, the essays move the discussion . . . The recurring theme of embodiment of ethical knowledge through memorization and recitation is as much an important and useful intervention in the study of ethics, as it is in the study of the interface between text and performance in South Asia."—JRNL ASIAN STUDIES

"Setting a novel and exciting agenda for the understanding of ways through which 'ethical lives' in South Asia are produced, debated and experienced in the every day, this volume will no doubt take a prominent place on the bookshelves of scholars and students researching ethics and morality in the subcontinent and beyond."—Pacific Affairs

"This book is a competent and credible illustration of the richness of south Asian ethical traditions and the resources to be found there for a reorientation and renewal of our ethical sensitivity in changing times. It will be valuable book for anyone studying ethics in the south Asian context, and especially for historians and moral philosophers."—Economic and Political Weekly

"This stimulating book well rewards a close and careful reading, and lays the foundation for much future research."—Biblio

"This stimulating and original volume of essays invites the reader to a rewarding engagement with a wide diversity of moral traditions and lived ethical practices in South Asia. . . . [O]ffers a rich mix of anthropological, historical, and textual analysis and will be of interest to readers of diverse backgrounds."—Barbara D. Metcalf, University of Michigan
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