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Introduction: The Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahābhārata

Emily T. Hudson

in Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860760
eISBN:
9780199979936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.003.0000
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The opening chapter introduces the Mahābhārata by briefly discussing its history, its central story and concepts, and some of the basic literary features that will be drawn upon in greater detail in ... More


The Love of Violence—II: Happiness Inspires Creativity*

Tulsi Badrinath

in Chaturvedi Badrinath: Unity of Life and Other Essays

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199465187
eISBN:
9780199086511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0029
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Badrinath writes in this essay that while in the West, pain and suffering were cultivated as the conscious means to self-experience and maximum feeling, in a considerable part of Indian thought, pain ... More


(In)conclusive Postlude: On the Absolute Distinction Between Propositional Beliefs and Walking (or Dancing)

Sheridan Hough

in Kierkegaard's Dancing Tax Collector: Faith, Finitude, and Silence

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198739999
eISBN:
9780191802898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739999.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Literature

If ‘all gifts are good and perfect’, then how to explain the cruelty and often catastrophe of human existence? Kierkegaard rejects the usual notions that such suffering is ‘God’s will’, or that it is ... More


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