Visions of Compassion Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature

ISBN-10: 019513043X
ISBN-13: 9780195130430
Edition: 2001
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Description: This book examines how Western behavioral science--which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature--holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/6/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This book examines how Western behavioral science--which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature--holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and compassion. Resulting from a meeting between the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, this volume includes excerpts from these extraordinary dialogues as well as engaging essays exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives.

Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is coeditor of Brain Asymmetry (MIT Press, 1994) and Foundations in Social Neuroscience (MIT Press, 2001).

Anne Harrington is senior lecturer in law and ethics, management and education at City University. Anne has been teaching for nearly twenty years, she is passionate about supporting and enhancing students' learning experience. Her PhD in Education focused on the students' experience of academic support in higher education and reported that many of them who had their prior academic education overseas found it difficult to develop critical and analytical thinking when writing their essay.

Contributors
Historical and Philosophical Background
Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research
A Science of Compassion or a Compassionate Science? What Do We Expect from a Cross-Cultural Dialogue with Buddhism?
Is Compassion an Emotion? A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Mental Typologies
Kindness and Cruelty in Evolution
Understanding Our Fundamental Nature
Dialogues, Part I: Fundamental Questions
Social, Behavioral, and Biological Explorations of Altruism, Compassion, and Related Constructs
Toward a Biology of Positive Affect and Compassion
Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization
Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism in Children
Altruism in Competitive Environments
Dialogues, Part II: Pragmatic Extensions and Applications
About the Mind and Life Institute
Index

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