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Compassion and Moral Guidance
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Compassion and Moral Guidance

Steve Bein

Abstract

Compassion is a word we use frequently but rarely precisely. One reason we lack a philosophically precise understanding of compassion is that moral philosophers today give it virtually no attention. Indeed, in the predominant ethical traditions of the West, compassion tends to be either passed over without remark or explicitly dismissed as irrelevant. And yet in the predominant ethical traditions of Asia, compassion is centrally important. This is clearly the case in Buddhist ethics, and compassion plays a similarly indispensable role in Confucian and Daoist ethics. This book seeks to explain ... More

Keywords: compassion, Buddhist ethics, Daoist ethics, Confucian ethics, fairness, care ethics, marginalized groups, ethical decision-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836412
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836412.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Bein, author
State University of New York at Geneseo