Buddhism and Abortion / Edition 1

Buddhism and Abortion / Edition 1

by Damien Keown
ISBN-10:
0824821084
ISBN-13:
9780824821081
Pub. Date:
01/01/1999
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The

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Buddhism and Abortion / Edition 1

Abortion is arguably the most controversial and divisive moral issue for modern times. For the past three decades, arguments both for and against abortion have been mounted by groups of all kind, from religious fundamentalists to radical feminists and every shade of opinion in between. As Buddhism continues to engage the attention of the West, the time is now opportune for its views on abortion to be heard.

Readers who approach abortion from the discipline of Buddhist Studies will find this book helpful as an introduction to the particular ethical issues raised by abortion. Ethicists and others already familiar with the facts, statistics, and arguments surrounding the abortion debate will find that the book provides useful comparative material. For the latter group, it will also serve as an introduction to Buddhism, since several of the chapters contain explanatory material by way of a prologue to the main discussion. Area studies focusing on Thailand, Japan, and Korea are followed by chapters concerned with determining or establishing normative positions based on textual and other evidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824821081
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ROBERT FLORIDA Professor of Religion and Dean of Arts, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada
CLEO ODZER Researcher and Webmaster, Daytop Village, New York
PINIT RATANAKUL Director of the Centre of Human Resources Development, Mahidol University, Bangkok
WILLIAM R.LAFLEUR Professor of Japanese and the Joseph B. Glossberg Term Professor of Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
ELIZABETH G.HARRISON Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
FRANK TEDESCO Teacher, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea
JAMES P.MCDERMOTT Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York
JAMES HUGHES Assistant Director of Research, MacLean Centre for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction; D. Keown PART ONE Abortion in Buddhist Thailand; R.E. Florida Abortion and Prostitution in Bangkok; C. Odzer Socio-Medical Aspects of Abortion in Thailand; P. Ratanakul PART TWO Abortion in Japan: Towards a 'Middle Way' for the West?; W.R. LaFleur 'I Can Only Move My Feet Towards Mizuko Kuyo ' Memorial Services for Dead Children in Japan; E.G. Harrison Abortion in Korea; F. Tedesco PART THREE Abortion in the Pali Canon and Early Buddhist Thought; J.P. McDermott Buddhism and Abortion: A Western Approach; J. Hughes Buddhism and Abortion: Is There a 'Middle Way'?; D. Keown Glossary Index

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