On the Classification of Śāntideva’s Ethics in the Bodhicaryāvatāra

@article{Harris2015OnTC,
  title={On the Classification of Śāntideva’s Ethics in the Bodhicaryāvatāra},
  author={Stephen E. Harris},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  year={2015},
  volume={65},
  pages={249 - 275}
}
  • S. Harris
  • Published 2 February 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
In this essay several challenges are raised to the project of classifying Śāntideva’s ethical reasoning given in his Bodhicaryāvatāra, or Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva, as a species of ethical theory such as consequentialism or virtue ethics. One set of difficulties highlighted here arises because Śāntideva wrote this text to act as a manual of psychological transformation, and it is therefore often difficult to determine when his statements indicate his own ethical views. Further, even… 
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