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Title: Status of the ethical theory of Śrimadbhagavadgītā: a critical analysis
Other Titles: Philosophical Papers, Journal of the Department of Philosophy, Vol. XVIII, March- 2022, pp- 238-243
Authors: Paul, Krishna
Keywords: Śrimadbhagavadgītā
Niṣkāma karma
Virtue ethics
Ethical egoism
Issue Date: Mar-2022
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The Bhagavadgītā occupies the central place in the ethical history of Indian philosophy. It is the quintessence of Hindu culture and the sum and substance of Indian philosophical theory and practice, metaphysics and ethics, religion, mysticism, tradition etc. For millions of people it is the gospel of truth, the message of divine life and an inspiring and stimulating ideal for the conduct of life. Anyone, in any social status, sex, religion or society, can derive practical guidance from it. Hence I would like to discuss about the status of the ethical theory of Śrimadbhagavadgītā. Mainly this article is an attempt to show that ethical theory advocated in Śrimadbhagavadgītā is not deontological as rather it is an amalgamation of ethical egoism, ethical universalism which is popularly known as utilitarianism and also virtue ethics. It starts with ethical egoism and passes through virtue ethics and ultimately reaches at utilitarianism.
ISSN: 0976-4496
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