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In Hinduism, discussions of ethics – that is, reasoning about morality and thus about what one ought to do and why – generally fall within the much broader category of dharma, a word whose root (dhṛ-) means to hold or uphold. Dharma incl…

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Martin, Nancy M., “Ethics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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