Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

68. Are Human Rights Compatible with Buddhism?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Damien Vincent Keown [+-]
Goldsmiths College
Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics History Department Goldsmiths College University of London

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Globalization has accelerated the exchange of ideas to such a point that it is hard to imagine there are many Buddhists who would reject the idea of human rights outright. Indeed, the concept is now so central to contemporary ethical, social, and political discourse that it is doubtful we could do without it. Accordingly, we can give a generally affirmative answer to the question posed at the start. It may be helpful, however, when reflecting on this topic, to keep in mind a distinction between the substantive aims of human rights and the conceptual nature of the vehicle chosen to deliver them.

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Keown, Damien. 68. Are Human Rights Compatible with Buddhism?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 341-345 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40811. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40811. Nov 2021

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