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The Australian National University

Bronwyn Finnigan (Centre for Consciousness, ANU): Should we be Pluralists about Buddhist Ethics?

Date and time

Mon, 16th Mar 2015 - 12:30pm

Venue

Coombs Seminar Room D.

Recent critical engagement with Buddhist philosophy recognizes that the term ‘Buddhism’ represents a diversity of philosophical systems. It is increasingly apparent that there is no one Buddhist view on metaphysics, epistemology, and the nature of mind and cognition at a subtle level of analysis. Does the same hold for Buddhist ethics? Is there a single and unified ‘Buddhist’ approach to ethics or should we be pluralists? This paper will argue that while there is not sufficient reason to endorse pluralism about Buddhist ethics, there is sufficient complexity and tension in competing characterisations and their presuppositions to resist an easy resolution into a singular and unified position.

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