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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Human Condition

The Human Condition

Philosophy as the Romance of Life*

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(p.107) 24 The Human Condition
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Chaturvedi Badrinath
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Tulsi Badrinath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0024

This essay discusses the four main characteristics of the Indian history of reflection on the human condition. Furthermore, certain questions are left open, for there is no known way in which they could be decided one way or the other. Such questions touch every human being intimately. The question of human freedom versus determinism is one such question. The question of causation has been the most central to all Indian philosophy. And it is a question which, perhaps, every human being asks, in varying tones, at every turn of events in his/her life: ‘But why?’. In the study of Indian philosophy, and its relation to society, Badrinath suggests the Indian reflections on causation as the first opening door.

Keywords:   Mahabharata, dharma, adharma, daiva, purushartha, niyati-vada, yaddriccha-vada

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