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1st Edition

Buddhism and Human Rights

ISBN 9780700709540
Published November 21, 1997 by Routledge
239 Pages

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Book Description

It is difficult to think of a more urgent question for Buddhism in the late twentieth century than human rights. The political, ethical and philosophical questions surrounding human rights are debated vigorously in political and intellectual circles throughout the world and now in this volume.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Buddhist Response to: The Nature of Human Rights, Kenneth Inada; Chapter 2 Are there Human Rights in Buddhism?, Damien Keown; Chapter 3 Why there are no Rights in Buddhism: A Reply to Damien Keown, Craig K. Ihara; Chapter 4 Why the Buddha has no Rights, Peter D. Junger; Chapter 5 Buddhism and Human Rights in the Thoughts of Sulak Sivaraksa and Phra Dhammapidok (Prayudh Prayutto), Soraj Hongladarom; Chapter 6 Human Rights and Compassion: Towards a Unified Moral Framework, Jay L. Garfield; Chapter 7 Buddhist Resignation and: Human Rights (Freedom is What I am), Âantipala Stephan Evans; Chapter 8 Socially Engaged Buddhism’s Contribution to the Transformation of Catholic Social Teachings on Human Rights, Charles R. Strain; Chapter 9 Human Rights and Cultural Values: The Political Philosophies of the Dalai Lama and the People’s Republic of China, John Powers; Chapter 10 Buddhist Ethics and Business Strategy Making, David Bubna-Litic;

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Damien Keown (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and Charles S. Prebish (State University of Pennsylvania) are the founding editors of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics which sponsored the conference on human rights at which the papers published herein were first presented. Wayne Husted (State University of Pennsylvania) is Technical Editor of the Journal.


'This is a serious and timely volume which does much to give a sound underpinning to these urgent concerns.' - Rodney Mearns, Asian Affairs