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The Trouble of Rocks and Waters: On the (Im)Possibility of Buddhist Environmental Ethics.

Monday, March 13, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Botterell Hall
Room: B147
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This talk will consider the possibility of constructing an authentic environmental ethic from Buddhist sources. It will survey some of the recent philosophical critiques of such a project and will review the major points of tension between the Buddhist philosophical tradition and the kinds of environmental ethics found in the land ethic and deep ecology. Despite these critiques, this talk will show how these tensions can easily be relieved if we begin from Buddhist philosophical principles and construct an environmental ethic from the ground up. It will thus articulate this uniquely Buddhist approach to environmental ethics that centers the sentient being while also valuing rocks, waters, and other ecological phenomena. 

allison gowanlock
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