Governing the State and the Self: Political Philosophy and Practice in the Edicts of Aśoka

@article{Singh2012GoverningTS,
  title={Governing the State and the Self: Political Philosophy and Practice in the Edicts of Aśoka},
  author={U. Singh},
  journal={South Asian Studies},
  year={2012},
  volume={28},
  pages={131 - 145}
}
  • U. Singh
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • South Asian Studies
The edicts of the Maurya Emperor Aśoka (c. 268–232 BCE) constitute the first self-representations of imperial power in ancient South Asia. Questioning the usual presuppositions and methodology of historical interpretations of Aśoka's inscriptions, this essay attempts a fresh, detailed analysis of the political philosophy expressed in the edicts, with a special focus on their ideas and arguments regarding the relationship between political power, violence, happiness, and the good. The ideas of a… Expand

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