Buddhist ethics: A review essay [Book Review]

Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (3):571-584 (2011)
I argue that three recent studies (Imagining the Life Course, by Nancy Eberhardt; Sensory Biographies, by Robert Desjarlais; and How to Behave, by Anne Hansen) advance the field of Buddhist Ethics in the direction of the empirical study of morality. I situate their work within a larger context of moral anthropology, that is, the study of human nature in its limits and capacities for moral agency. Each of these books offers a finely grained account of particular and local Buddhist ways of interpreting human life and morality, and each explores complex conceptions of moral agency. I suggest that these three studies share similar interests in moral psychology, the human being across time, the intersubjective dimensions of moral experience, and what life within a karmic framework looks like. I propose that their contributions offer some of the most refreshing and interesting work generated in Buddhist ethics in the last decade
Keywords anthropology  psychology  time  Buddhism  agency  human nature  karma
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00493.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 21,496
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Felicity Aulino (2014). Perceiving the Social Body. Journal of Religious Ethics 42 (3):415-441.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Emily McRae (2012). A Passionate Buddhist Life. Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (1):99-121.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

36 ( #116,583 of 1,911,890 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #459,829 of 1,911,890 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.