Karma, Ethics, & Non-Violence: Ancient India to Charlottesville
June 13 + 16, 6-8pm ET
The refusal to engage in violence is generally considered essential to legitimate political protest today. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often credited his strategy of non-violent protest to Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent satyagraha protests. But where did Gandhi get his ideas? This course will examine the origins of “ahimsa,” non-harm, in Indian religious and moral thought and see its connections with the ethics of karma. Then, we will look at the transformation of ahimsa in the 20th century as political nonviolent action in India and the US.
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Steven Vose holds a PhD in South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He researches Jainism and South Asian traditions, focusing on religion and politics. He held the Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship in Jain Studies at Florida International University. His award-winning book, Reimagining Jainism in Islamic India, is forthcoming via Routledge.