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Wasted Lives?

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines Ronald Dworkin's reflections on the good life. More specifically, it considers Dworkin's view that we should all seek to live well so as to achieve “successful” lives and avoid ... More


Castes of Mind: The Original Caste

Nicholas B. Dirks

in Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar's Passage to India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169677
eISBN:
9780231538510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169677.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the importance of caste in understanding India and Hinduism. In comparative sociology and in common parlance, caste has become a central metaphor for India. A long history of ... More


Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order

John Owen IV and J. Owen (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231150071
eISBN:
9780231526623
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231150071.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Largely due to the cultural and political shift of the Enlightenment, Western societies in the eighteenth century emerged from sectarian conflict and embraced a more religiously moderate path. The ... More


Religious Geophagy: Sacredness You Can Swallow

Sera L. Young

in Craving Earth: Understanding Pica--the Urge to Eat Clay, Starch, Ice, and Chalk

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231146098
eISBN:
9780231517898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231146098.003.0004
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

There are a number of places in which earth is ingested or topically applied because of its purported religious properties. This chapter presents stories of modern-day religious geophagy from around ... More


India: The Politics of Religious Reform and Conflict

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

in Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231150071
eISBN:
9780231526623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231150071.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers the history of India's secular government in dealing with the Hindu majority and sizable Muslim minority. The nation of India has played a prominent part in defining not just ... More


The Millennial Sovereign: The Troubled Unveiling of the Savior Monarch

A. Azfar Moin

in The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160377
eISBN:
9780231504713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160377.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter examines how Akbar, a Mughal emperor and the son of Humayun, enacted a grand performance of saintly and messianic kingship. Akbar, like his ancestor Timur, had created an empire with a ... More


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