Springer, Dordrecht


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ISBN 978-3-319-67406-3

Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
vol. 24

Ethics without self, Dharma without atman

Western and Buddhist philosophical traditions in dialogue

Edited by

Gordon F Davis

Some of the deepest questions in ethics, dealing with the scope of agency, value-laden notions of personhood and the nature of value in general, are intertwined with questions in metaphysics. One set of questions addresses how varying conceptions of selfhood relate to moral values (e.g. the concern of self or selves for the well-being of others); another set of questions addresses how a conception of oneself or one's selves should or should not affect how one thinks of happiness, or eudaimonia,or – in classical Indian terms – artha, sukha or nirvana.  Western philosophy has featured discussion of both, but some would argue that certain traditions of Asian philosophy have offered a more sustained and even treatment of both sets of questions.  The Buddhist tradition in particular has not only featured much discussion on both fronts, but has attracted many contemporary philosophers to its distinctive spectrum of approaches, and to what is – from many "Western" points of view – a seemingly subversive analysis of ego, selfhood and personhood, whether in metaphysical, phenomenological or other incarnations.  

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Davis, G.F. (ed) (2018). Ethics without self, Dharma without atman: Western and Buddhist philosophical traditions in dialogue, Springer, Dordrecht.

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