This chapter introduces the book's usage of “dharma texts,”, and proposes a chronology of the eleven discussed. It then takes up the three main texts used, the two Sanskrit epics and Manu, offering arguments in their favor of their Critical Editions. After discussing B. M. Matilial's notion of a paradigm shift around Kṛṣṇa as offering a way of thinking about the Mahābhārata in particular as introducing change over time with regard to dharma in the handling of moral dilemmas, it concludes by outlining the book in relation to this theme.
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