2002 Indic Colloquium
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Dr Roy W. Perrett

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Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics
Charles Sturt University
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Canberra, ACT 2601






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Background Information

Roy Perrett is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Australia. In August 2002 he will take up a position as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai'i. He works on both Western and Indian philosophy. His publications include five books: Death and Immortality (1987), Indian Philosophy of Religion (ed., 1989), Justice, Ethics and New Zealand Society (co-ed., 1992), Hindu Ethics: A Philosophical Study (1998), and Indian Philosophy: A Collection of Readings (5 vols., ed., 2001), as well as numerous articles.


Locating Indian Ethics

Classical Indian ethics has received far less serious contemporary philosophical attention than some other areas of Indian philosophy -- epistemology, logic or metaphysics, for instance. In part this is due to the way in which certain familiar Western ethical typologies fail to locate Indian ethics adequately. Drawing on recent Western work in ethical theory, I sketch a different map of the logical structure of ethics, one on which we are better able to locate classical Indian ethics and hence better able also to appreciate some of its philosophical significance.