, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 53–67 | Cite as

Animal Justice and Moral Mendacity

  • Purushottama BilimoriaEmail author


I wish to take up some of the sentiments we have towards animals and put them to test in respect of the claims to moral high grounds in Indian thought-traditions vis-à-vis Abrahamic theologies. And I do this by turning the focus in this instance—on a par with issues of caste, gender, minority status, albeit still within the human community ambience—to the question of animals. Which leads me to ask how sophisticated and in-depth is the appreciation of the issues and questions that are currently being debated in contemporary circles? What degree of awareness could we say has been present in the traditions—not just in some perfunctory, platitudinal, belief-based descriptions or prescriptions, but in actual explanatory and morally sensitized senses?


Animal moralism India Judaism Gandhi Singer Justice Moral high ground Sentience Paśupati Purāṇas Dharmaśāstra PETA Indian ethics Utilitarianism Deontic animal ethics 



An earlier version of this essay appeared in Berkeley Journal of Theology and Religion, Journal of Graduate Theological Union. Vol I , issue 1 (inaugural). 2015: 56-79. The author wishes to express thanks to two anonymous reviewers solicited by Sophia for their helpful comments


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Dharma StudiesGraduate Theological Union and UC BerkeleyCAUSA
  2. 2.Historical and Philosophical StudiesUniversity of MelbourneVICAustralia

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