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On Compassionate Killing and the Abhidhamma’s “Psychological Ethics”
Author Keown, Damien
Source Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Pages46 - 82
PublisherDepartment of History & Religious Studies Program , The Pennsylvania State University
Publisher Url
LocationUniversity Park, PA, US
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteKeown, Damien (University of London Goldsmiths)
AbstractIs compassionate killing really psychologically impossible, as the Abhidhammaclaims? Previously I discussed a Vinayacase that seemed to show the contrary. Reviewing my conclusions in the light of commentarial literature, Rupert Gethin disagreed and restated the Abhidhammaposition that killing can never be motivated by compassion. This paper supports my original conclusions and argues further that the Vinayacase reveals underlying problems with the Abhidhamma’s“psychological ethics.”
Table of contents[Table of Contents]

Introduction p.238
Motive and Intent p.48

I. The Vinaya Case p.50
The death of the sick monk
The commentarial exegesis
Reflections on the commentary
Corroborating evidence

II. Why is Compassionate Killing Impossible? p.58
Reason 1: death presents a special opportunity
Reason 2: refusal to face the reality of suffering
Reason 3: self-deception
Reason 4: the alternative approach
Reason 5: a psycho-ethical puzzle

III. Abhidhammam Action Theory p.67
Vinaya v Abhidhamma

IV. The Classification of Actions “By Root” (CBR) p.72
An anomaly: harsh speech
Mahāyāna ethics

Conclusion p.77
Bibliography p.80
ISSN10769005 (E)
Created date2016.03.21
Modified date2017.07.13

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