Striking a Balance: A Primer in Traditional Asian Values / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Douglas W. Shrader
Striking a Balance is an unusual, well-written introduction to Asian Thought. In addition to clear, lucid explication of primary concepts, Professor Brannigan provides insightful and philosophically sensitive retelling of a host of stories drawn from classical sources in Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism and Confucianism. In the process he invites the reader to explore the ethical values woven into these traditions, to get to know the people whose lives have been shaped by those values, and to reflect on a range of similarities as well as differences between Eastern and Western cultures.
CHOICE, June 2010 - D.A. Haney
Brannigan's style is clear and engaging.... Recommended.
Gregory Bassham
Increasingly, Americans are asking whether daunting social problems, from failing schools to violent crime, might be rooted in faulty ethical values–values that place an exaggerated emphasis on individual self-assertion over the goods of family and community. In this readable, deeply informed book, Brannigan explores a variety of non-Western ethical traditions that strike a healthier balance between individual and communal goods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889119052
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Brannigan is the George and Jane Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.
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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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