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Laws For A King In Crisis: Texts On Āpaddharma I

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This chapter, devoted to semantic units (SUs) 1-13 (RDhP 128-ĀDhP 140), presents commentaries on the texts in the Āpaddharmaparvan (ĀDhP) that foreground the core themes of āpaddharma. The integration of the themes developed in the ĀDhP with the RDhP ought to be expected, since the content of the ĀDhP must properly be understood as a continuation of the appropriate dharma for a king; the ĀDhP is particularly concerned with, though not limited to, the proper dharma of a king in times of distress. Without the kingdom there is no dharma, and without a treasury there is no kingdom. Thus the security and stability of the kingdom is placed at the very centre of the horizon of dharma, and the maintenance of its stability becomes equivalent to the fulfillment of dharma. Therefore another, more problematic dharma, an āpaddharma for kings, is recommended to remedy a kingdom's declining condition.

Keywords: Āpaddharmaparvan (ĀDhP); āpaddharma; dharma



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