publication . Article . 2007

Buddhism and Ecology: A Virtue Ethics Approach

Keown, Damien V.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 29 Oct 2007
  • Publisher: Taylor and Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Introduction: Whether Buddhism has a compelling ecological dimension or not has been a much discussed question in recent years. I think I should put my cards on the table at the outset and say that I count myself among the sceptics in this respect. I see little evidence that the Buddha or his followers, at least down to modern times, have been greatly concerned with questions of ecology. If anything, there is more evidence of a negative presupposition about the value and status of the natural world in Buddhism. In contrast to Christian teachings, the world was not created by God who, as the book of Genesis tells us (vv.9ff), saw that his creation was 'good', and...
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