Owen Flanagan (Duke University)
"The Bodhisattva’s Brain:
Eudaimonia Buddhist Style"
Philosophers call theories that promote happiness "eudaimonistic." Aristotle and J.S. Mill are eudaimonistic philosophers. Kant, who famously said "it is one thing to be happy another to be good," is non-eudaimonistic. Is Buddhism eudaimonistic?
In this lecture, the philosopher Owen Flanagan explores whether Buddhism is eudaimonistic. Flanagan presents some interpretive points about the general structure of Buddhist ethics, and the plausibility of empirical claims about Buddhism and happiness.