Theories of Death with a Special Reference to Indian Philosophy

  • Gopinath N. Sharma Prof. - head, Gandhian studies and Philosophy, Institute of Career Development, Aurangabad, India


Most of the philosophers deal with the quality of life, assuming a long span covering all phases. Therefore it is a commonly idealized life. But during the course the life as we advance, there are numerous riddles of self and the universe we live in it to encounter. Certain questions that have not only puzzled the common man but also the intellectuals had been like, Is there any meaning behind every happening? How ought we to live? Is there any life after death? Is death as such is the true end of all activities and so on. However, when the subject of death comes the answers through theories or philosophies have not been very convincing or suitable to all the rungs of the society. This could be mostly due to our evading the very subject of death much owing to the general uneasiness, fear and a sort of psychological insecurity, while dealing with it. Therefore it is always easy to raise philosophical questions than to answer them. There are almost two dozen theories in vogue which have certain basic assumptions but somehow they do not fall in the domain of truly scientific inquiry. They are to be accepted as an outcome of religious sentiments or wishful thinking. This paper highlights the salient features of Indian philosophical viewpoint with regard to death.
Oct 6, 2017
How to Cite
SHARMA, Gopinath N.. Theories of Death with a Special Reference to Indian Philosophy. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 6, p. 305-307, oct. 2017. ISSN 2414-8385. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 11 july 2020. doi: