Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 23, 2005 - Religion - 168 pages
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The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, and it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. Numerous introductory books have appeared in recent years to cater for this growing interest, but almost none devotes attention to the specifically ethical dimension of the tradition. For complex cultural and historical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditional Buddhist thought as it has in the West, and publications on the subject are few and far between. Here, Damien Keown, author of Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction , illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of fascinating moral issues ranging from abortion and suicide to cloning. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Hvis en er intressert i både strukturert filosofi og buddhisme kan denne boka være for deg. Om du lurer på om buddisters moral er naturalistisk etc. Jeg kan knapt huske noe fra boka, men den dekka nok emnet sitt godt. Denne boka er ikke for deg som av en eller annen grunn er interessert i buddhisme. Med mindre den grunnen er at du er en moralfilosofinerd og vil kjenne til østen også. Tenker jeg. 

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Bit disappointed about the bias towards Mahayana Buddhism. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Damien Keown is Reader in Buddhism at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His entire academic career has been devoted to research in Buddhist ethics, and he has been teaching the subject for over 20 years. He is also Editor of The Journal of Buddhist Ethics and Coeditor of The Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism series.

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