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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Dr Simon Paul James

James, Simon P. (2004). Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Author(s) from Durham


Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics explores the implications of Zen
Buddhist teachings and practices for our moral relations with the
natural world. At once an accessible introduction to Zen and an
important contribution to the debate concerning the environmental
implications of the tradition, this book will appeal both to readers
unfamiliar with East Asian thought and to those well versed in the field.
In elucidating the philosophical implications of Zen, the author draws
upon both Eastern and Western philosophy, situating the Zen
understanding of nature within the Buddhist tradition, as well as
relating it to the ideas of key Western philosophers such as Aristotle,
Kant and Heidegger. These philosophical reflections on Zen are used to
shed light on some prominent debates in contemporary environmental
ethics concerning such issues as the intrinsic value of nature.