Recent interest in Buddhist thought has grown dramatically, and with it the desire to understand where Buddhism stands on a range of contemporary ethical questions, which have not been traditionally addressed. In this engrossing and lucid VSI, seen as a companion to the VSI to Buddhism, Damien Keown examines issues including animal rights, the environment, abortion, and cloning, from a Buddhist perspective. -;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.
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September 07, 2005
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