Ethics of Compassion places central themes from Buddhist (primarily) and Christian moral teachings within the conceptual framework of Western normative ethics. What results is a viable alternative ethical theory to those offered by utilitarians, Kantian formalists, proponents of the natural law tradition, and advocates of virtue ethics. Ethics of Compassion bridges Eastern and Western cultures, philosophical ethics and religious moral discourse, and notions of acting rightly and of being virtuous.
Richard Reilly has authored over three dozen conference papers and journal articles. He is Board of Trustees Professor of Philosophy at St. Bonaventure University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter I. Golden Rule Reasoning Chapter 3 Chapter II. "Compassion" and Related Notions Chapter 4 Chapter III. Compassion as the Basis of Moral Value Chapter 5 Chapter IV. Precepts for Avoiding Doing Harm Chapter 6 Chapter V. Virtues and Moral Aspiration Chapter 7 Chapter VI. Will, Responsibility, and Selflessness Chapter 8 Postscript: Joyful Living