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Webster, David R (2005) The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon. London: Routledge. (RoutledgeCurzon critical studies in Buddhism)

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Abstract

David Webster explores the notion of desire as found in the Buddhist Pali Canon. Beginning by addressing the idea of a 'paradox of desire', whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined. A range of views of desire, as found in Western thought, are presented as well as Hindu and Jain approaches. An exploration of the concept of ditthi(view or opinion) is also provided, exploring the way in which 'holding views' can be seen as analogous to the process of desiring. Other subjects investigated include the mind-body relationship, the range of Pali terms for desire, and desire's positive spiritual value. A comparative exploration of the various approaches completes the work.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Administration and Professional Services > Library and Information Services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
ISBN: 9780415346528
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203010570
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2020 18:55
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/32355

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