Buddhism and Abortion

Editat de Damien Keown
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Abortion is arguably the most controversial and divisive moral issue of modern times, but up until now the debate has taken place almost exclusively within a Western cultural, religious and philosophical context. For the past three decades in the West arguments both for and against abortion have been mounted by groups of all kinds, from religious fundamentalists to radical feminists and every shade of opinion in between. Rather than mutual understanding, however, the result has been the polarisation of opinion and the deepening of entrenched positions. In the face of this deadlock a new perspective is urgently required. Buddhism is an ancient tradition which over the centuries has refined its distinctive beliefs and values in the course of a long interaction with the major cultures of Asia. As Buddhism continues to engage the attention of the West, the time is now opportune for its views on abortion to be heard. This is the first book to explore the abortion question from a range of Buddhist cultural and ethical perspectives. The approach is interdisciplinary and will be of relevance to those working in fields such as law, ethics, medicine, philosophy, religion, the social sciences and women's studies.
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ISBN-13: 9780333668221
ISBN-10: 0333668227
Pagini: 222
Dimensiuni: 140 x 216 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.45 kg
Ediția: 1998
Editura: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Colecția Palgrave Macmillan
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction; D. Keown PART ONE Abortion in Buddhist Thailand; R.E. Florida Abortion and Prostitution in Bangkok; C. Odzer Socio-Medical Aspects of Abortion in Thailand; P. Ratanakul PART TWO Abortion in Japan: Towards a 'Middle Way' for the West?; W.R. LaFleur 'I Can Only Move My Feet Towards Mizuko Kuyo ' Memorial Services for Dead Children in Japan; E.G. Harrison Abortion in Korea; F. Tedesco PART THREE Abortion in the Pali Canon and Early Buddhist Thought; J.P. McDermott Buddhism and Abortion: A Western Approach; J. Hughes Buddhism and Abortion: Is There a 'Middle Way'?; D. Keown Glossary Index

Notă biografică

ROBERT FLORIDA Professor of Religion and Dean of Arts, Brandon University, Manitoba, CanadaCLEO ODZER Researcher and Webmaster, Daytop Village, New YorkPINIT RATANAKUL Director of the Centre of Human Resources Development, Mahidol University, BangkokWILLIAM R.LAFLEUR Professor of Japanese and the Joseph B. Glossberg Term Professor of Humanities, University of PennsylvaniaELIZABETH G.HARRISON Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of ArizonaFRANK TEDESCO Teacher, Sejong University, Seoul, KoreaJAMES P.MCDERMOTT Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Canisius College, Buffalo, New YorkJAMES HUGHES Assistant Director of Research, MacLean Centre for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago