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Can killing a living being ever be an act of compassion? The analysis of the act of killing in the Abhidhamma and Pali commentaries

@article{Gethin2002CanKA,
  title={Can killing a living being ever be an act of compassion? The analysis of the act of killing in the Abhidhamma and Pali commentaries},
  author={R. Gethin},
  journal={The Journal of Buddhist Ethics},
  year={2002},
  volume={11},
  pages={167-202}
}
  • R. Gethin
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology, Philosophy
  • The Journal of Buddhist Ethics
In the Theravādin exegetical tradition, the notion that intentionally killing a living being is wrong involves a claim that when certain mental states (such as compassion) are present in the mind, it is simply impossible that one could act in certain ways (such as to intentionally kill). Contrary to what Keown has claimed, the only criterion for judging whether an act is “moral” (kusala) or “immoral” (akusala) in Indian systematic Buddhist thought is the quality of the intention that motivates… Expand
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