Hindu Ethics: Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia

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HAROLD G. COWARD is Professor of Religious Studies and Director, The Calgary Institute for the Humanities, The University of Calgary. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University and was a Research Fellow at Banaras Hindu University and Madras University in India. Publications include Bhartṛhari ( 1976), Sphṛta Theory ( 1980), Studies in Indian Thought ( 1983), Jung and Eastern Thought ( 1985), Pluralism: Challenge to World Religions ( 1985), Sacred Word and Sacred Text: Scripture in World Religions ( 1988), and The Philosophy of Grammar ( 1988). In 1988 he gave "the T. R. V. Murti Memorial Lectures" at Banaras Hindu University.

JULIUS J. LIPNER is Lecturer in the Comparative Study of Religion, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University and a Fellow of St. Edmund's College at Cambridge University. After his early university studies in India he obtained his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Religion, King's College, London. He has lectured widely in England, India, Canada and the United States. Publications include The Face of Truth: A Study of Meaning and Metaphysics in the Vedantic Theology of Ramanuja ( 1986) and articles on Indology and Inter-religious Understanding. He is currently completing a book on the Bengali Brahmin, Brahmabandhab Upadhyay ( 1861- 1907).

KATHERINE K. YOUNG is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Religious Studies, at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from McGill University in the History of Religions with specialization in Hinduism. She has peri-

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 7
  • 1 - Purity in Hinduism: with Particular Reference to Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras 9
  • Notes 34
  • 2 - The Classical Hindu View on Abortion and the Moral Status of the Unborn 41
  • Notes 61
  • 3. Euthanasia: Traditional Hindu Views and the Contemporary Debate 71
  • Notes 121
  • Bibliography 125
  • About the Authors 131
  • Index 133
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