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Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics

Charles Goodman


Buddhist ethical views have much in common with certain modern ethical theories, and contain many insights relevant to contemporary moral problems. This book examines the theoretical structure of the normative views found in a number of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist texts. Teachings from all three major traditions of Buddhism, the Theravāda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna, are considered. Although Buddhist philosophy is quite diverse, and these traditions differ in their ethical perspectives, they can all be understood as versions of a general moral outlook known as welfarist consequentialism. Buddhist ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, consequentialism, Theravāda, Mahāyāna, Vajrayāna, free will, hard determinist, punishment, welfarist, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195375190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375190.001.0001


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Charles Goodman, author
Binghamton University
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