Striking a Balance : A Primer in Traditional Asian Values
Striking a Balance offers a lucid, thoughtful, and thoroughly engaging review of the major ethical teachings in the dominant Asian traditions. Michael C. Brannigan applies his extensive background and scholarship to craft a concise yet comprehensive introduction to Asian ethics covering the long-standing traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
- Paperback | 238 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
- 16 Jan 2010
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Chapter One: Hindu Ethics Chapter 2 Chapter Two: Buddhist Ethics Chapter 3 Chapter Three: Zen Buddhist Ethics Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Taoist Ethics Chapter 5 Chapter Five: Confucian Ethics
Striking a Balance is an unusual, well-written introduction to Asian Thought. In addition to clear, lucid explication of primary concepts, Professor Brannigan provides insightful and philosophically sensitive retelling of a host of stories drawn from classical sources in Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism and Confucianism. In the process he invites the reader to explore the ethical values woven into these traditions, to get to know the people whose lives have been shaped by those values, and to reflect on a range of similarities as well as differences between Eastern and Western cultures. -- Douglas W. Shrader, State University of New York at Oneonta Brannigan's style is clear and engaging... Recommended. -- D.A. Haney CHOICE, June 2010 Increasingly, Americans are asking whether daunting social problems, from failing schools to violent crime, might be rooted in faulty ethical values-values that place an exaggerated emphasis on individual self-assertion over the goods of family and community. In this readable, deeply informed book, Brannigan explores a variety of non-Western ethical traditions that strike a healthier balance between individual and communal goods. -- Gregory Bassham, King's College
About Michael C. Brannigan
Michael C. Brannigan is the George and Jane Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.