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Animals and Nonviolence in South Asian Religious Traditions

A presentation by Jonathan Dickstein (PhD student - UCSB)


This talk provides an overview of the South Asian religious landscape and the location and status of nonhuman animals therein. It addresses the largely pan-Indic ethic of ahiṃsā (non-harming), how it is understood by these traditions, and to whom it extends and to what degree. Is the ethic of non-harming reconcilable with animal manipulation, slaughter, or consumption?

Jonathan Dickstein is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His research focuses on South Asian religious traditions, comparative ethics, and animal studies. He earned a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Pennsylvania