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Ashoka in Our Time - The Question of Dharma for a Globalized World

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Ashoka in Our Time - The Question of Dharma for a Globalized World
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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
  • ISBN-13:  9780143441601
  • Total Pages:  352 Pages
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book Language:  English
  • Available Book Formats: Paperback
  • Year:  2017
  • Publication Date:  2017-11-01
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One of the most powerful emperors in the world, Ashoka is not merely a historical figure but also a concept. Ashoka converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, yet his vast empire rested on a political system that placed material wealth and realpolitik above moral righteousness. Nevertheless, his highly networked, prosperous realm enabled its subjects to peaceably hold a multitude of beliefs, and his edicts preached religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection and human rights. In this illuminating book, Bruce Rich offers a compelling critique of the new forces of globalization that, while connecting us in unimaginable ways, have deprived us of a unifying dharma. Rich looks for answers to contemporary issues in the paradoxical Ashokan empire, as also in the l..
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Sold ByPenguin Books Limited
AuthorBruce Rich
ISBN-139780143441601
Edition1st Edition
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Pages352 Pages
Publication Date (YYYY-MM-DD)2017-11-01
Publication Year2017
CategoryNon-fiction

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Ashoka in Our Time - The Question of Dharma for a Globalized World

One of the most powerful emperors in the world, Ashoka is not merely a historical figure but also a concept. Ashoka converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, yet his vast empire rested on a political system that placed material wealth and realpolitik above moral righteousness. Nevertheless, his highly networked, prosperous realm enabled its subjects to peaceably hold a multitude of beliefs, and his edicts preached religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection and human rights. In this illuminating book, Bruce Rich offers a compelling critique of the new forces of globalization that, while connecting us in unimaginable ways, have deprived us of a unifying dharma. Rich looks for answers to contemporary issues in the paradoxical Ashokan empire, as also in the lesser known ideas of thinkers from across the ages-from Aristotle and Adam Smith to George Soros. Reflecting on the timeless questions of morality, duty and statecraft, he urgently calls for a new global ethic, for justice and to restore a spirit of concord in a rapidly fractured world.
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