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Buddhism

A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation

By David Burton

© 2017 – Routledge

212 pages

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About the Book

Buddhism, in its diverse forms and throughout its long history, has had a profound influence on Asian cultures and the lives of countless individuals. In recent times, it has also attracted great interest among people in other parts of the world, including philosophers. Buddhist traditions often deal with ideas and concerns that are central to philosophy. A distinctively Buddhist philosophy of religion can be developed which focuses on Buddhist responses to issues such as the problem of suffering, the purpose and potential of human existence, life after death, freedom and moral responsibility, appearance and reality, the nature of religious language, attitudes to religious diversity and the relationship between Buddhism and science.

Buddhism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation examines some of the central questions that such ideas raise, drawing on ancient and more recent sources from a variety of Buddhist traditions, as viewed from a contemporary philosophical standpoint.

Reviews

David Burton offers a vital and welcome corrective to the narrowness of Western philosophy of religion by confronting it with the Buddhist traditions. He brings an assured scholarship to a sympathetic but critical examination of major Buddhist doctrines and philosophical debates, and he does so with economy, lucidity and eloquence.

- Michael McGhee, University of Liverpool, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Problem of Suffering

2. Karma and Rebirth

3. Evil, Freedom and Other Ethical Issues

4. Concepts of Buddha

5. The Varieties of Emptiness

6. Language and Reality

7. Religious Diversity

Conclusion.

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

David Burton is Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the School of Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

About the Series

Investigating Philosophy of Religion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General