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A calculus of consequences and compassion : a comparative analysis of Mahayāna Buddhist ethics and classical utilitarian ethics

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Choephel, D 2006 , 'A calculus of consequences and compassion : a comparative analysis of Mahayāna Buddhist ethics and classical utilitarian ethics', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This comparative thesis explores the idea of the moral evaluation of human conduct. The question to be answered is: Can the seemingly different Western philosophical perspective of Act Utilitarianism and the non-Western perspective of Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy share a complementary system of calculus as a moral evaluation tool? The thesis answers this question affirmatively by addressing the following key points:
• Critically analysing points of similarity and difference
• To show that they are practical and can be applied in day to day life for anyone.
• To show that the morality of the person actually determines the calculus.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Choephel, D
Keywords: Mahayana Buddhism, Utilitarianism
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Thesis (MA)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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