Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2006

byDamien Keown

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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 tocater 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 mightapproach a range of fascinating moral issues ranging from abortion and suicide to cloning.

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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 tocater for this growing interest, but almost no...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:February 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019280457X

ISBN - 13:9780192804570

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Foundations1. Buddhism: An introduction2. The Foundations of Buddhist Ethics3. Later Developments4. The Nature of Buddhist EthicsIssues5. Animals and the Environment6. Sexual Ethics7. Abortion8. Suicide and Euthanasia9. Cloning10. Politics, Society, and Justice