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Buddhism and Political Theory
By: Matthew J. Moore

Buddhism and Political Theory,  Matthew J. Moore


 
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Author: Matthew J. Moore
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780190465513
Publication Date: 2016

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This book provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of Buddhist political theory from the time of the Buddha to the present. Western scholars have long but mistakenly believed that Buddhism was antipolitical, but a careful examination of the primary texts reveals a rich and valuable political theory, based on three premises: that human beings are not selves, that politics is necessary but not very important, and that ethics is advice for living wisely but not a system of universal, obligatory rules. Buddhism and Political Theory provides careful readings of all the relevant primary texts and analyzes the existing scholarship on Buddhism and politics from a wide variety of disciplines. It also demonstrates the connections between Buddhist political theory and debates within contemporary Western political philosophy. In particular, it compares the Buddhist theory of no-self with the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, contrasts the Buddhist theory of limited citizenship with a parallel tradition in the West that begins with Epicurus, and connects the Buddhist approach to ethics with ethical irrealism/antirealism and the immanence politics of William Connolly.

Buddhism and Political Theory, Matthew J. Moore, OUP, Hardcover, 2016, 193 pp, $33.95

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