Buddhism, in its diverse forms and throughout its long history, has had a profound influence on Asian cultures and the lives of countless individuals. In recent times, it has also attracted great interest among people in other parts of the world, including philosophers. Buddhist traditions often deal with ideas and concerns that are central to philosophy. A distinctively Buddhist philosophy of religion can be developed which focuses on Buddhist responses to issues such as the problem of suffering, the purpose and potential of human existence, life after death, freedom and moral responsibility, appearance and reality, the nature of religious language, attitudes to religious diversity and the relationship between Buddhism and science. Buddhism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation examines some of the central questions that such ideas raise, drawing on ancient and more recent sources from a variety of Buddhist traditions, as viewed from a contemporary philosophical standpoint.
Introduction 1. The Problem of Suffering 2. Karma and Rebirth 3. Evil, Freedom and Other Ethical Issues 4. Concepts of Buddha 5. The Varieties of Emptiness 6. Language and Reality 7. Religious Diversity Conclusion. Bibliography Index
David Burton is Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the School of Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.
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