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By Matthew J. Moore

ISBN-10: 0190465514

ISBN-13: 9780190465513

regardless of the hot upsurge of curiosity in comparative political conception, there was almost no critical exam of Buddhism via political philosophers some time past 5 a long time. partly, reason why Buddhism isn't really in general obvious as a faculty of political thought.

However, as Matthew Moore argues, Buddhism concurrently parallels and demanding situations many middle assumptions and arguments in modern Western political idea. in short, Western thinkers not just have very much to benefit approximately Buddhism, they've got very much to profit from it. To either incite and facilitate the method of Western theorists enticing with this overlooked culture, this booklet offers an in depth, serious interpreting of the major fundamental Buddhist texts, from the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha in the course of the state-of-the-art. It additionally discusses the proper secondary literature on Buddhism and political concept (nearly it all from disciplines except political theory), in addition to the literatures on specific concerns addressed within the argument.

Moore argues that Buddhist political concept rests on 3 center premises--that there's no self, that politics is of very restricted value in human lifestyles, and that normative ideals and judgments symbolize sensible suggestion approximately the best way to stay a definite method, instead of being compulsory instructions approximately how all folks needs to act. He compares Buddhist political conception to what he sees as Western analogues--Nietzsche's comparable yet crucially assorted conception of the self, Western theories of constrained citizenship from Epicurus to John Howard Yoder, and to the Western culture of immanence theories in ethics. it will be the 1st accomplished remedy of Buddhism as political theory.

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