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The Ascetic Self : Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition - Gavin Flood

The Ascetic Self

Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition

Paperback Published: 22nd February 2005
ISBN: 9780521604017
Number Of Pages: 304

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Focusing on Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, this book argues that asceticism must be understood within the boundaries of tradition. It exemplifies a completely new paradigm for comparative religion which seeks to avoid a problematic universalism on the one hand and an area-specific relativism on the other. The volume's original contribution to methodology will be influential in the future development of comparative religious studies.

Setting the parameters
The Ascetic Self in Text and History
The asceticism of work: Simone Weil
The asceticism of action: The Bhagavad-gita and Yoga-sutras
The asceticism of action: Tantra
The asceticism of the Middle Way
The asceticism of the desert
The asceticism of love and wisdom
Theorising the Ascetic Self
The ritual construction of the ascetic self
Modernity and the ascetic self
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ISBN: 9780521604017
ISBN-10: 052160401X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 22nd February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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