Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Irreverence and the SacredCritical Studies in the History of Religions$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hugh Urban and Greg Johnson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190911966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190911966.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 09 July 2020

How the Arthashastra and the Kamasutra Got Away with Their Critiques of Dharma

How the Arthashastra and the Kamasutra Got Away with Their Critiques of Dharma

Chapter:
(p.61) 3 How the Arthashastra and the Kamasutra Got Away with Their Critiques of Dharma
Source:
Irreverence and the Sacred
Author(s):

Wendy Doniger

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190911966.003.0004

This chapter takes up the theme of “irreverence” that runs through this volume by examining two key Hindu scientific texts that subvert the central Hindu concept of dharma (duty/law/religion). One text recommends that the king himself can and should at times engage in acts that are highly undharmic and irreverent. The other text advocates and facilitates the practice of adultery, thus undermining one of the most basic laws of dharma, the law of wifely fidelity. This clash between science and religion takes on a new form in contemporary India, where a government driven by religious ideology is attempting to subvert genuine science.

Keywords:   Hinduism, myth, dharma, kama, duty, law, kingship

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .