Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics (World Philosophies Series)

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Overview

Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics explores the implications of Zen Buddhist teachings and practices for our moral relations with the natural world. At once an accessible introduction to Zen and an important contribution to the debate concerning the environmental implications of the tradition, this book will appeal both to readers unfamiliar with East Asian thought and to those well versed in the field.

In elucidating the philosophical implications of Zen, the author draws upon both Eastern and Western philosophy, situating the Zen understanding of nature within the Buddhist tradition, as well as relating it to the ideas of key Western philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant and Heidegger. These philosophical reflections on Zen are used to shed light on some prominent debates in contemporary environmental ethics concerning such issues as the intrinsic value of nature.

Contents: Introduction
A short history of Zen
Zen ethics?
Environmental ethics
The intrinsic value of nature
The charge of quietism
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754613671
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: World Philosophies Series
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A short history of Zen 3
2 Zen ethics? 31
3 Environmental ethics 58
4 The intrinsic value of nature 83
5 The charge of quietism 106
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