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Author Kalupahana, David J., 1933-

Title Ethics in early Buddhism / David J. Kalupahana.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [1995]


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 UniM Bail  294.35 KALU    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-166) and index.
Contents 1. Pre-Buddhist Indian Moral Theories and Their Ultimate Developments -- 2. Knowledge -- 3. The Fact-Value Distinction -- 4. The World and the Will -- 5. Individual and Society -- 6. The Noble Life (Brahmacariya) -- 7. Virtues: The Beginning of the Way -- 8. The Eightfold Path: The Middle of the Way -- 9. Freedom: The Conclusion of the Way -- 10. The Status of the Moral Principle -- 11. Justification of the Moral Life -- 12. Society and Morals -- 13. Economics and Morals -- 14. Politics and Morals -- 15. Law, Justice, and Morals -- 16. Nature and Morals -- 17. Conclusion: The Stream and the Lotus Pond.
Summary Throughout the centuries, moral philosophers, both Eastern and Western, considered a permanent and eternal law a necessary requirement for the formulation of a moral principle. If such a law was not empirically given, it had to be determined through reason. In contrast, early Buddhism presented a radical theory of impermanence. Interpreters of early Buddhism have been unable to abandon the presupposition of permanence, however, and hence have persisted in viewing nirvana or freedom as a permanent and eternal state to be contrasted with the impermanent world of sensory experience and bondage. Ethics in Early Buddhism is David J. Kalupahana's balanced and brilliantly concise attempt to place the early Buddhist descriptions of the world of experience, the state of freedom, and the moral principle leading to such freedom within the framework of impermanence.
Subject Buddhist ethics.
Buddhism -- Doctrines -- History -- Early period, to ca. 250 B.C.
ISBN 0824817028 (alk. paper)