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Published: 14 November 2013

272 Pages


ISBN: 9780199331048

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The Forerunner of All Things

Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

Maria Heim

  • This study is the first book-length systematic treatment of Buddhaghosa's ethical thought
  • The book is an ambitious treatment of the entire Pali canonical material and the commentarial tradition on it, developing new models for reading the main genres of this intellectual tradition
  • In contrast to many studies that assimilate Buddhist moral thinking to Western theories of ethics, the book attends to distinctively Buddhist ways of systematizing and theorizing their own moral categories.