The Ethics of Radical Equality: Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan’s Neo-Hinduism

In Shyam Ranganathan (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics. London, UK: pp. 357-382 (2017)
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Abstract

I explore how Vivekananda and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s development of Advaita Vedānta has an enormous impact on Neo-Hindu, and indeed, Indian, self-understandings of ethics and politics. I contend that Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan both conceive of the spirit of Hinduism as a radical form of equality that lies at the heart of an Advaitic (monistic) interpretation of the Upaniṣads. This metaphysical monism of consciousness of self and other in Advaita paves a solid conceptual road to an ethic of radical equality in both the personal and the political spheres.

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Ashwani Kumar Peetush
Wilfrid Laurier University

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