Author Archive for: ‘Purushottama Bilimoria’


Toast and the Brahmin pundit

Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD is Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He has held fellowships at Oxford University, Harvard University and Shimla University, India. Professor Bilimoria’s research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy, comparative ethics, traditional Indian moral codes of conduct and Indian legal systems and jurisprudence. __________________________________________________________________________ In her sparkling and effervescent reminisces of ‘the ghosts of toasters …

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Gandhi and America

Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD is Honorary Associate Professor and Research Fellow in Philosophy at Deakin University, and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia; Visiting Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. He has held fellowships in Oxford, Harvard, Emory and Shimla Universities. His research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy, comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion; testimony; emotions; …

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Gandhi and Ecology

by Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD Gandhi was one of the twentieth century’s foremost savants who was influenced by Jaina ethics. The background was of course also the millennium-long development of ahimsa that crystallized in the Buddhist values of non-violence, generosity (dana), forbearance, loving-kindness (metta), and most significantly, compassion, (karuna) towards the other and toward all sentient beings, without exception. These values — or, if …

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Gandhi on Modernity

“I think it is a very good idea.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi (when asked what he thought of Western Civilization) by Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD Gandhi strongly resisted the equation of modernization and westernization. Much as Gandhi admired aspects of Western modernity — its scientific temper, its pragmatism, efficient organization, and civil liberties, for example — he considered it a fundamentally violent and destructive form of …

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Gandhi and Cows

by Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD The Gandhian spirit lives on in India, and is ably translated into civil-society or NGO-initiated intervention of mobilizing people’s voice against the excesses of state-backed and investment-brokered erosion of people’s rights in the interest of technocultural developmentalism. There are numerous other civil-society groups and movements working at the grass-roots levels that invoke traditional wisdom and practical …

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