Vol. 5, Issue 9 (2018)
Ecological traditions in Indian thought
Author(s): Dr. P Sivakumar
Abstract: Environmental ethics as an academic discipline came into the scene in west during 1970’s and is accepted as a major academic discipline throughout the world. Although conceived under the philosophy of applied ethics, environmental ethics surpasses all the academic barriers and this subject is not limited to academic world alone. Still, there is a general sense of feeling that as compared to Eastern traditions of ecological heritage, environmental ethics has many pitfalls. Therefore, the major concern of this study is what makes the Eastern tradition, especially Indian tradition of ecological heritage preferable to western oriented environmental ethics. It is not because India is having the oldest civilization, but it is because unlike west, Indian ecological tradition is not an outcome of environmental crisis. Our ecological heritage is the outcome of man’s communion with nature. While Western community saw nature as a mechanism to be experimented, Indian community realised nature as a thing to be experienced.