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Anekāntavāda and Dialogic Identity Construction

Seminar für Religionswissenschaft und Interkulturelle Theologie, University of Münster, 48143 Münster, Germany
Religions 2019, 10(12), 642; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10120642
Received: 1 November 2019 / Revised: 12 November 2019 / Accepted: 14 November 2019 / Published: 20 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Jainism Studies)
While strong religious identity is often associated with violence, Jainism, one of the world’s oldest practiced religions, is often regarded as one of the most peaceful religions and has nevertheless persisted through history. In this article, I am arguing that one of the reasons for this persistence is the community’s strategy of dialogic identity construction. The teaching of anekāntavāda allows Jainas to both engage with other views constructively and to maintain a coherent sense of self. The article presents an overview of this mechanism in different contexts from the debates of classical Indian philosophy to contemporary associations of anekāntavāda with science. Central to the argument is the observation that anekāntavāda is in all these contexts used to stabilize Jaina identity, and that anekāntavāda should therefore not be interpreted as a form of relativism. View Full-Text
Keywords: Jainism; anekāntavāda; identity; Indian philosophy; Indian logic Jainism; anekāntavāda; identity; Indian philosophy; Indian logic
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Barbato, M. Anekāntavāda and Dialogic Identity Construction. Religions 2019, 10, 642.

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