The growth of Buddhist studies in the humanities has led to greater philosophical efforts to incorporate Buddhist ethics into contemporary Western moral philosophy. This enterprise usually entails a naturalization of certain Buddhist tenets that is consonant with the post-Enlightenment orientation of contemporary philosophy and science. Broadly speaking, naturalism in Western ethics contends that a good account of morality does not rely on anything above and beyond the natural world. Whether or not Buddhist ethical concepts (e.g. karma) can be naturalized is a provocative question that has, over the last century, attracted the attention of eminent philosophers. But what exactly does a subscription to Buddhist ethics entail? And how important are karma and rebirth to the overall project?
Robert Thurman (Columbia University)
Owen Flanagan (Duke University)
Georges Dreyfus (Williams College)
Jan Westerhoff (University of Durham, UK)
William Grassie (Metanexus Institute)