Philosophy East and West 65 (3):765-785 (2015)

Bronwyn Finnigan
Australian National University
In recent decades, several attempts have been made to characterize Buddhism as a systematically unified and consistent normative ethical theory. This has given rise to a growing interest in meta-ethical questions. Meta-ethics can be broadly or narrowly defined. Defined broadly, it is a domain of inquiry concerned with the nature and status of the fundamental or framing presuppositions of normative ethical theories, where this includes the cognitive and epistemic requirements of presupposed conceptions of ethical agency.1 Defined narrowly, it concerns the justificatory status of fundamental moral claims or judgments, i.e., claims or judgments of the form ‘x is good, right, virtuous’ and ‘x is bad, wrong, vicious.’..
Keywords Meta-Ethics  Buddhism  Buddhist Ethics  Madhyamaka  Moral Naturalism  Moral Judgments
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/pew.2015.0071
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Buddhism and Animal Ethics.Bronwyn Finnigan - 2017 - Philosophy Compass 12 (7):1-12.
Buddhist Error Theory.Javier Hidalgo - 2020 - Journal of Value Inquiry 55 (1):21-40.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Who Are We to Judge?Thomas L. Carson - 1988 - Teaching Philosophy 11 (1):3-14.
Buddhist Meta-Ethics.Bronwyn Finnigan - 2010-11 - Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 33 (1-2):267-297.
The Ethical Foundations of Behavior Therapy.Richard F. Kitchener - 1991 - Ethics and Behavior 1 (4):221 – 238.
Moral Emotions.Ronald de Sousa - 2001 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (2):109-126.
A Meta-Ethical Critique of Care Ethics.Abraham Rudnick - 2001 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 22 (6):505-517.
Improving Moral Judgments: Philosophical Considerations.Annemarie Kalis - 2010 - Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 30 (2):94-108.
Facts About Natural Values.Robert Elliot - 1996 - Environmental Values 5 (3):221 - 234.
Moral Emotions.Ronald de Sousa - 2001 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (2):109 - 126.
Moral Responsibility and Free Will: A Meta-Analysis.Adam Feltz & Florian Cova - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 30:234-246.


Added to PP index

Total views
567 ( #14,931 of 2,505,677 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
37 ( #24,135 of 2,505,677 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes