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Environmental Philosophy and Ethics in Buddhism

By: Padmasiri De Silva


Hardback | Aug 1998 | #86573 | ISBN: 0333679067
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This work introduces the reader to the central issues and theories in western environmental ethics, and against this background develops a Buddhist environmental philosophy and code of ethics. The book contains an exposition of Buddhist environmentalism, its ethics, economics and Buddhist perspectives for environmental education. It is focused on a diagnosis of the contemporary environmental crisis and a Buddhist contribution to positive solutions. Also included are stories and illustrations from original Buddhist sources.

'This study covers extensive ground and develops a Buddhist foundation for studies in environmentalism, economics, feminism and teaching.' - Philip Bellingham, Environmental Politics


Author's Preface - Foreword; Alastair S. Gunn - Introduction - Environmental Philosophy of Buddhism - Buddhist Ethics - Moral Dilemmas, Moral Weakness and Deception - Buddhist Environmental Ethics - Ecological Sensibility and Pedagogy - Green Economics and Buddhist Economics - Putting the Threads Together - References - Index

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PADMASIRI DE SILVA was Professor and Head of the Philosophy and Psychology Department of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1980-89). He also held visiting positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the ISLE programme in the USA, the National University of Singapore and the University of Waikato. He was the Coordinator of the IRC Programme 'Environment, Ethics and Education' in Singapore. Presently he is a Research Fellow at Monash University. His publications include An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology, Buddhist and Freudian Psychology, Tangles and Webs, Twin Peaks: Compassion and Insight, as well as numerous articles in journals and anthologies.

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