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Ethics in Early Buddhism (review)

Ethics in Early Buddhism (review) Ethics in Early Buddhism. By David J. Kalupahana. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 1995. Pp. ix‡ 171. Reviewed by John M. Koller Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ethics in Early Buddhism by David J. Kalupahana is a small volume that makes a large contribution to the study of Buddhist ethics. As the title suggests, Kalupahana, an internationally recognized scholar of early Buddhism, focuses his scholarship on the discourses of the Buddha contained in the Pali canon. But his philosophical concerns are as broad as the field of ethics itself, and his understanding of Buddhist ethics is based on a careful analysis of the full development of Buddhism, Mahayana Å Å as well as Theravada texts. As in his earlier work, A History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuities and Discontinuities (University of Hawai`i Press, 1992), Kalupahana argues cogently for a pragmatic, experientially grounded, understanding of Buddhist 628 Philosophy East & West Volume 50, Number 4 October 2000 628±630 > 2000 by University of Hawai`i Press thought, rejecting the essentialist and absolutist interpretations of experience that characterize so much philosophical thought, Asian as well as Western. Part 1 situates early Buddhist ethics in its historical context, contrasting it with the deontological ethical theory that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Ethics in Early Buddhism (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 50 (4) – Oct 1, 2001

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

Ethics in Early Buddhism. By David J. Kalupahana. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 1995. Pp. ix‡ 171. Reviewed by John M. Koller Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ethics in Early Buddhism by David J. Kalupahana is a small volume that makes a large contribution to the study of Buddhist ethics. As the title suggests, Kalupahana, an internationally recognized scholar of early Buddhism, focuses his scholarship on the discourses of the Buddha contained in the Pali canon. But his philosophical concerns are as broad as the field of ethics itself, and his understanding of Buddhist ethics is based on a careful analysis of the full development of Buddhism, Mahayana Å Å as well as Theravada texts. As in his earlier work, A History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuities and Discontinuities (University of Hawai`i Press, 1992), Kalupahana argues cogently for a pragmatic, experientially grounded, understanding of Buddhist 628 Philosophy East & West Volume 50, Number 4 October 2000 628±630 > 2000 by University of Hawai`i Press thought, rejecting the essentialist and absolutist interpretations of experience that characterize so much philosophical thought, Asian as well as Western. Part 1 situates early Buddhist ethics in its historical context, contrasting it with the deontological ethical theory that

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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