Striking a Balance: A Primer in Traditional Asian Values / Edition 1by Michael C. Brannigan
Pub. Date: 11/28/2000
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
About the Author: Michael Brannigan is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the
Concise yet comprehensive, this introduction to Asian ethics covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Each chapter contains historical background, essential ethical themes or topics, primary sources, review essay questions, and an annotated bibliography.
About the Author: Michael Brannigan is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. He is also Executive Director of the college's Center for the Study of Ethics. His previous books include The Pulse of Wisdom: The Philosophies of India, China, and Japan and Everywhere and Nowhere: The Path of Alan Watts. He is also editor of the volume Ethical Issues in Human Cloning.
Table of Contents
1. Hindu Ethics
-Life's Four Goals
-Paths to Enlightenment
-Karma and Rebirth
-Shades of Dharma
2. Buddhist Ethics
-The Middle Path
-The Four Noble Truths
-In the Wake of Karma
-The Four Supreme Virtues
-What Is a Buddhist Social Ethic?
3. Zen Buddhist Ethics
-A Way of the Monk: Practice IS Attainment
-A Way of the Warrior
-A Way of Tea: The Virtue of Presence
4. Taoist Ethics
-Cultivating the Tao
-The Art of Yielding
-Spontaneity as Awareness
-Fasting of the Mind
5. Confucian Ethics
-Lessons from the Analects
-Human Nature: Is It Essentially Good or Corrupt?
-Seeking the Right Balance in Neo-Confucianism
-A Return to Ako: Japanese Neo-Confucianism
-Capitalism and Human Rights
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