The Value of Human Differences: South Asian Buddhist Contributions Toward an Embodied Virtue Theory
Mrozik, S. (2002). The Value of Human Differences: South Asian Buddhist Contributions Toward an Embodied Virtue Theory. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 9: 1-33.
Abstract: What are virtues? Are these best described as cognitive and
affective aspects of a person's psyche, or can virtues also be described as
features, postures, and movements of a person's body? This paper explores the
relationship between virtues and bodies in South Asian Buddhist traditions. The
paper illumines several different ways in which Buddhist ethical discourse
construes the nature of this relationship: (1) Bodies are the material effects
of practicing virtues; (2) bodies are the material conditions for practicing
virtues; (3) certain kinds of bodies can influence others to practice virtues;
and (4) certain features, postures, and movements of bodies constitute in and
of themselves virtues. The paper foregrounds the corporeal specificity of
ethical agents in order to consider how South Asian Buddhist ethical discourse
can contribute to the development of an embodied virtue theory.
Source: Journal of Buddhist
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