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Chaturvedi BadrinathUnity of Life and Other Essays$
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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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Beyond Either/Or

Beyond Either/Or

Towards Truth and Peace*

(p.155) 35 Beyond Either/Or
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

In the last essay of the book Badrinath mentions that both relativity and quantum mechanics were compelled by their own discoveries to discard the logical framework of either/or, in which not only modern science and philosophy but also practically the whole of Western political thought have been rooted as any reliable guide to the knowledge of truth. The Upanishads and Jaina thought, as well as the Mahabharata in relation to daily human living, show decisively that either/or has very limited value; and when it is applied indiscriminately, it takes us away from truth. Peace among the peoples of the world can be founded only on truth; and truth is to be found in the natural unity of I and the other, where unity is not uniformity, and diversity is not the enemy of unity.

Keywords:   unity, peace, Mahabharata, Upanishads, Jainism

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