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Kaivalya and Mokṣa
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From a sociological perspective, Jainism can be viewed as a cultural system encoding the procedures of a complex mode of life in which the ideology of the path to freedom from rebirth (mokṣa) represents a realm of value functioning in unresolved tension with another, complementary realm of value, that which privileges living in the world in a state of moral and material well-being (Cort, 2001). No doubt this understanding of Jainism is valid for a substantial pa…

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Dundas, Paul, “Kaivalya and Mokṣa”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20181025

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