In Jake H. Davis (ed.), A Mirror is for Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics. Oxford University Press. pp. 33-52 (2017)

Authors
Bronwyn Finnigan
Australian National University
Abstract
Is there a ‘common element’ in Buddhist ethical thought from which one might rationally reconstruct a Buddhist normative ethical theory? While many agree that there is such an element, there is disagreement about whether it is best reconstructed in terms that approximate consequentialism or virtue ethics. This paper will argue that two distinct evaluative relations underlie these distinct positions; an instrumental and constitutive analysis. It will raise some difficulties for linking these distinct analyses to particular normative ethical theories but will give reasons to think that both analyses may be justified. It will close with some reflections on the complexity involved in trying to establish a single and homogeneous position on the nature of Buddhist ethics.
Keywords Buddhism  Buddhist Ethics  Ethical Theory  Virtue Ethics  Consequentialism  instrumental  constitutive  Eightfold Path
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on Amazon.com
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Buddhism as Philosophy.Mark Siderits - 2021 - Hackett Publishing Company.
The Nature of Buddhist Ethics.Damien Keown - 1992 - St. Martin's Press.

View all 17 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Buddhism and Animal Ethics.Bronwyn Finnigan - 2017 - Philosophy Compass 12 (7):1-12.
Karma, Moral Responsibility and Buddhist Ethics.Bronwyn Finnigan - 2022 - In Manuel Vargas & John Doris (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 7-23.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Buddhist Meta-Ethics.Bronwyn Finnigan - 2010-11 - Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 33 (1-2):267-297.
Karma, Character, and Consequentialism.Damien Keown - 1996 - Journal of Religious Ethics 24 (2):329-350.
Confucianism, Buddhism, and Virtue Ethics.Bradford Cokelet - 2016 - European Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 8 (1):187-214.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-04-27

Total views
754 ( #9,435 of 2,497,739 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
63 ( #12,491 of 2,497,739 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes