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Jain Vegetarian Laws in the City of Palitana: Indefensible Legal Enforcement or Praiseworthy Progressive Moralism?
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The city of Palitana, India, has become the first region known to legally install de facto meat bans, essentially making Palitana a vegetarian city by law. These legal steps seem to be the direct result of social pressure put on local legislators in the form of a mass hunger strike performed by local Jain monks. This thesis is aimed at discussing the background of this case, its connections to a broader general discussion of moral and ethical vegetarianism, and arguments in favor of and against the legal installment of a meat ban in the Palitana case. It is concluded that although the meat ban is ideologically and theoretically speaking ethically justifiable and defensible it is in practice, at least in its current form, not ethically desirable.

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2015. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Ahimsa, Animal Rights, Anthropocentrism, Ecology, Jainism, Minority Rights, Moral Vegetarianism, Palitana, Philosophy of Law, Religious Rights
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119663ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--15/03--SEOAI: diva2:825610
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Master in Applied Ethics
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

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