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    Compassion and Moral Guidance.Steve Bein - 2013 - Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
    Compassion is a word we use frequently but rarely precisely. One reason we lack a philosophically precise understanding of compassion is that moral philosophers today give it virtually no attention. Indeed, in the predominant ethical traditions of the West, compassion tends to be either passed over without remark or explicitly dismissed as irrelevant. And yet in the predominant ethical traditions of Asia, compassion is centrally important: All else revolves around it. This is clearly the case in Buddhist ethics, and compassion (...)
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    Compassion and Moral Guidance.Steve Bein - 2013 - Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
    Compassion is a word we use frequently but rarely precisely. One reason we lack a philosophically precise understanding of compassion is that moral philosophers today give it virtually no attention. Indeed, in the predominant ethical traditions of the West, compassion tends to be either passed over without remark or explicitly dismissed as irrelevant. And yet in the predominant ethical traditions of Asia, compassion is centrally important: All else revolves around it. This is clearly the case in Buddhist ethics, and compassion (...)
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    Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen.Steve Bein (ed.) - 2011 - University of Hawaii Press.
    “Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen makes available in a clear and fluid translation an early classic in modern Japanese philosophy. Steve Bein’s annotations, footnotes, introduction, and commentary bridge the gap separating not only the languages but also the cultures of its original readers and its new Western audience.” —from the Foreword by Thomas P. Kasulis In 1223 the monk Dogen Kigen came to the audacious conclusion that Japanese Buddhism had become hopelessly corrupt. He undertook a dangerous pilgrimage to China (...)
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    Gorillas in the Midst.Steve Bein & James McRae - 2020 - Environmental Ethics 42 (1):55-72.
    In 2016, a Cincinnati Zoo worker shot and killed a Western lowland gorilla to protect a three-year-old boy who had fallen into the animal’s enclosure. This incident involves a variant of the classical trolley problem, one in which the death of a human being on the main track might be avoided by selecting an alternate track containing a member of an endangered species. This problem raises two important questions for environmental ethics. First, what, if anything, imbues a human child with (...)
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    Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen.Steve Bein (ed.) - 2011 - University of Hawaii Press.
    “Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen makes available in a clear and fluid translation an early classic in modern Japanese philosophy. Steve Bein’s annotations, footnotes, introduction, and commentary bridge the gap separating not only the languages but also the cultures of its original readers and its new Western audience.” —from the Foreword by Thomas P. Kasulis In 1223 the monk Dogen Kigen came to the audacious conclusion that Japanese Buddhism had become hopelessly corrupt. He undertook a dangerous pilgrimage to China (...)
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    Abortion in Watsujian Ethics: An Argument for a New Understanding.Steve Bein - 2022 - Philosophy East and West 72 (4):867–883.
    Abstract:Watsuji Tetsurō's model of human existence (ningen sonzai) and his ethical principle of selfless solicitude (kokorozukai) imply not only a broadly permissive position on reproductive rights but a clearer vision of pregnancy and the fetus, and also a deeper moral critique of the anti-abortion movement.
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    “Make It So”: Kant, Confucius, and the Prime Directive.Alejandro Bárcenas & Steve Bein - 2016-03-14 - In Kevin S. Decker & Jason T. Eberl (eds.), The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 36–46.
    In the beginning of Star Trek Into Darkness, Mr. Spock descends into the heart of a raging volcano on the planet Nibiru. His mission: to detonate a cold fusion device that will solidify the bubbling magma before it erupts and destroys an entire civilization. Meanwhile, Captain James T. Kirk is on the bridge of the Enterprise facing a dilemma. He's duty‐bound never to violate the Prime Directive. One way to address the problem of the Prime Directive is to follow the (...)
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    Transforming Wakanda.Steve Bein & Deana Lewis - 2022-01-11 - In Edwardo Pérez & Timothy E. Brown (eds.), Black Panther and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 14–21.
    This chapter focuses on the classical conceptions of justice and then examines the contemporary movements that arose to challenge these old concepts. It looks at Wakanda's record on justice. In the comics, the trial to become the Black Panther involves more than fighting, but ritual combat has always been the final and most glamorous test in Wakanda. The Wakandan philosopher Changamire quotes him in the 12‐issue run “A Nation Under Our Feet,” by Ta‐Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze. Changamire gathers not (...)
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  9. Acknowledgments.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press.
     
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  10. Bibliography.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 161-168.
     
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  11. Contents.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press.
     
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    Can a Warrior Care?Steve Bein - 2017-03-29 - In Jacob M. Held (ed.), Wonder Woman and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 115–125.
    Wonder Woman has evolved considerably since the Golden Age. (Thank Hera!) Different writers in different eras have tinkered with her back story and her resulting character. Yet throughout her many retellings people can point to two consistent trends: she is a warrior, and she protects the abused. As a warrior, her honor code isn't so different from bushido, the code of the samurai. She is selfless, fearless, relentless, and she even has a magic lasso to enforce the samurai virtue of (...)
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    Doxastic Determinism.Steve Bein - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 33:5-12.
    Hard determinism is hardly a new position, but the most common arguments are not widely convincing. Theological arguments rest on the oversight or control of a supernatural entity, and so are not convincing to any who do not share the metaphysical assumptions latent in the argument. Psychological arguments reston putatively scientific claims that, if examined more closely, seem not to be scientific at all. A doxastic argument avoids these pitfalls. According to this doxastic argument, beliefs are not freely chosen, for (...)
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  14. Frontmatter.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press.
     
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    Frank Miller’s Batman as Philosophy: “The World Only Makes Sense When You Force It To”.Steve Bein - 2022 - In David Kyle Johnson (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 1949-1968.
    Comics writer and artist Frank Miller reinvented Batman, bringing greater emotional, moral, and political depth to the character. This chapter considers Batman’s ethics and politics, examining his rejection of utilitarianism, his embrace of the will to power, his Kantian dilemma when dealing with the Joker, and the distinction to be drawn between Miller’s own libertarianism and Bruce Wayne’s Bat-Libertarianism.
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  16. Introductions.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 1-20.
     
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  17. Index.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 169-176.
     
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  18. Notes.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 143-160.
     
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    No One Rescues Droids.Steve Bein - 2023-01-09 - In Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes Back. Wiley. pp. 62–72.
    In the Rebels episode “Stealth Strike,” Kanan, Ezra, Rex, and Chopper rescue Commander Sato and his crew from the clutches of the Empire. Chopper occupies an uncomfortable moral position in Rebels, as do so many droids in the Star Wars canon. Many are highly intelligent, with unique personalities that aren't merely a function of their programming. The “organics” of the Star Wars universe, those sentient species made of flesh and blood seem to have relationships with droids similar to the kind (...)
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  20. Notes on the Translation.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 21-22.
     
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  21. Reading Shamon Dōgen: A Tourist’s Guide.Steve Bein - 2011 - In Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Shamon Dogen. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 119-142.
     
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    Self Power, Other Power, and Non-dualism in Japanese Buddhism.Steve Bein - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 6:7-13.
    A traditional distinction is made in scholarship on Japanese Buddhism between two means for attaining enlightenment: jiriki 自力, or "self power," and tariki 他力, or "other power." Dōgen's Sōtō Zen is the paradigmatic example of a jiriki school: according to Dōgen, one attains enlightenment through strenuous zazen and rigorous ascetic practices. Shinran's Jōdo Shin Buddhism is the paradigmatic example of a tariki school: according to Shinran, human beings are incapable of self-salvation, but by chanting the nembutsu they can invoke the (...)
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    The Brick, the Plate, and the Uncarved Block.Steve Bein - 2017-07-26 - In William Irwin & Roy T. Cook (eds.), LEGO® and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 173–184.
    One of the great virtues of LEGO is that it has the potential to make any one of us a Master Builder. In The LEGO Movie, Wyldstyle and Batman present a case study in the value of precision in language. If your basic two‐by‐four brick is the "uncarved block", LEGO makes "carved" ones too: cockpits, irregular minifig heads, all those cool bits. In the case of the LEGO brick, the less it's like a toy, the better we can play with (...)
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    That Which Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Shai‐Hulud.Steve Bein - 2022-10-17 - In Kevin S. Decker (ed.), Dune and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 189–197.
    Life is a mask through which the universe expresses itself. One of the major themes in the Dune novels is what Friedrich Nietzsche calls self‐overcoming. This is an internal struggle against one's own physical, mental, and moral limits, in pursuit of a more powerful form of self‐expression. Hinduism says we're all born into samsara, the unending cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. In effect we're all players in the repertory theater of the cosmos, and director is the dharma, the cosmic (...)
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    25. What Is the Value of Poverty? A Comparative Analysis of Aristotle’s Politics and Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō Zuimonki.Steve Bein - 2015 - In Roger T. Ames Peter D. Hershock (ed.), Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 429-440.
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    Watsuji on Nature: Japanese Philosophy in the Wake of Heidegger by David W. Johnson.Steve Bein - 2022 - Philosophy East and West 72 (1):1-4.
    There is a certain irony in Japan's foremost secular philosopher grounding his ontology and ethics in a term so infamously unclear as fūdo 風土, given that the Japanese word for philosophy itself denotes "clear thinking." One might make the case that Watsuji's concept of fūdo cannot but be unclear, since he is responding to Heidegger's Being and Time, which is hardly the model of lucid philosophy. That said, it is the philosopher's responsibility to clarify the unclear, and that is the (...)
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    Zen and the Art of Imagineering.Steve Bein - 2019-10-03 - In Richard B. Davis (ed.), Disney and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 25–34.
    Zen advocates returning to a childlike state of mind, unburdened by the conceptual baggage that marks what people typically call “adult” and “mature” thinking – baggage that includes concepts of the self, of the future, and of hoarding worldly goods so one's future self will live comfortably. This chapter begins with a Zen master whose own life story is worthy of a Disney movie. His name is Dogen Kigen. Dogen chose the monastic path because he wanted the opposite of escape: (...)
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    Reflections From Teachers on Philosophy and Teaching.Linda Oho, Elaine Roumasset, Steve Bein, Laurie Tani & JoAnn Soong - 2004 - Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 17 (1-2):84-94.
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