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By Matthew J. Moore

regardless of the new upsurge of curiosity in comparative political thought, there was almost no severe exam of Buddhism through political philosophers some time past 5 a long time. partly, the reason for this is that Buddhism isn't regularly noticeable as a faculty of political thought.

However, as Matthew Moore argues, Buddhism concurrently parallels and demanding situations many center assumptions and arguments in modern Western political concept. briefly, 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 missed culture, this e-book offers a close, severe studying of the most important basic Buddhist texts, from the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha throughout the contemporary. It additionally discusses the proper secondary literature on Buddhism and political conception (nearly it all from disciplines except political theory), in addition to the literatures on specific matters addressed within the argument.

Moore argues that Buddhist political concept rests on 3 center premises--that there is not any self, that politics is of very restricted significance in human existence, and that normative ideals and judgments characterize functional recommendation approximately easy methods to reside a undeniable means, instead of being compulsory instructions approximately how all folks needs to act. He compares Buddhist political idea to what he sees as Western analogues--Nietzsche's related yet crucially diversified conception of the self, Western theories of restricted citizenship from Epicurus to John Howard Yoder, and to the Western culture of immanence theories in ethics. it will be the 1st accomplished therapy of Buddhism as political theory.

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