I, Yantra: Exploring Self and Selflessness in Ancient Indian Robot Tales (Hardcover)


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I, Yantra: Exploring Self and Selflessness in Ancient Indian Robot Tales By Signe Cohen Cover Image
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What does it mean to be human? I, Yantra examines ancient Indian narratives about robots and mechanically constructed beings to explore how their Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist authors approached this question. Making translations of many of these texts available in English for the first time, author Signe Cohen argues that they shed considerable light on South Asian religious notions of humanity, self, and agency. She also documents connections between ancient and modern responses to the ethical problems of what precisely constitutes a sentient being and what rights such a being should have. Situated at the intersection of humanities and bioethics, this cross-disciplinary study will be of interest to scholars of South Asian languages and literature as well as specialists in religion and technology.

About the Author

Signe Cohen is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri. She is the author of Textual Criticism and Sacred Texts and Text and Authority in the Older Upaniṣads and the editor of The Upaniṣads: A Complete Guide.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781438496610
ISBN-10: 1438496613
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2024
Pages: 296
Language: English