Buddhist ethics aims to identify and evaluate the different ethical (and metaethical) positions advanced in Buddhist texts. Researchers in the mainstream of philosophy and psychology have begun to appreciate the promise of Buddhist ethical discourse on such topics as the nature of the persons, freedom, attention training, and emotional regulation. The growth of Buddhist ethics as a discipline has also led Western teachers and practitioners of Buddhism to apply its tenets to contemporary issues and problems. This conference endeavors to further advance the project of Buddhist ethics through constructive transdisciplinary dialogue.
This event comes out of an ongoing series of groundbreaking dialogues, in the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy, which initially began with a multidisciplinary conference on human consciousness entitled “Mind & Reality.” It features two days of panel discussions that will be convened in the historic Low Library on the campus of Columbia University. Panel topics address provocative questions concerning the naturalization of Buddhist ethics, the nature of Buddhist ethical theory, the function of Buddhist narrative literature, the application of Buddhist ethics to social issues, the moral psychology of Buddhism, and free-will. The keynote speakers are Karl H. Potter, Damien Keown, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.
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