[INDOLOGY] Gita moral philosophy

Uskokov, Aleksandar aleksandar.uskokov at yale.edu
Sun Jul 9 11:29:45 UTC 2023

Also pertinent may be:

Bina Gupta. "’Bhagavad Gītā’ as Duty and Virtue Ethics: Some Reflections.” The Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Sep., 2006), pp. 373-395

Not set in terms of the Euthyphro dilemma, but Kant's ethics of duty has some affinity with it.

Best wishes,

Aleksandar Uskokov

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South Asian Studies Council and Department of Religious Studies, Yale University

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Dear Howard

I don't think any of the following discuss the Euthyphro dilemma specifically, but they all analyze 'the ethics of the Gītā' using either the framework of the consequentialism / deontology / virtue ethics trichotomy or the categories of western axiology.

Perrett, Roy W. 1998. Hindu Ethics: A Philosophical Study.  The Gīta's ethics are discussed in all 4 chapters, but especially the first 3.

Perrett, Roy W. 2005. 'Hindu Ethics?' In The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. Edited by William Schweiker. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 323–29.

Sreekumar, Sandeep. 2012. 'An Analysis of Consequentialism and Deontology in the Normative Ethics of the Bhagavadgītā.' Journal of Indian Philosophy 40: 277–315.

Frazier Jessica. 2021. 'Ethics in Classical Hindu Philosophy: Provinces of Consequence, Agency, and Value in the Bhagavad Gītā and Other Epic and Śāstric Texts.' Religions 12(11), 1029; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12111029

See also:
Roy Perrett & Glen Pettigrove. 2015. 'Hindu Virtue Ethics.' In Michael Slote & Lorraine Besser-Jones (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics. New York: Routledge. pp. 51-62.


On Sun, Jul 9, 2023 at 10:55 AM Howard Resnick <hr at ivs.edu<mailto:hr at ivs.edu>> wrote:
Dear Scholars,

I would appreciate references to articles or books, available digitally, that analyze the Gita’s moral philosophy, especially but not exclusively from the standpoint of Western moral philosophy. More specifically, I wish to explore what for me is the dubious claim that the Euthyphro dilemma necessarily problematizes divine command theories of moral realism.

Sorry if this is a rather abstruse request.

Best wishes,

Alex Watson
Professor of Indian Philosophy
Ashoka University
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