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Being HumanEthics, Environment, and Our Place in the World$
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Anna Peterson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226548

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001

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The Relational Self

The Relational Self

AsianViews of Nature and Human Nature

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(p.77) Chapter Four The Relational Self
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Being Human
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Anna L. Peterson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0006

This chapter examines how the two important Asian traditions of Buddhism and Taoism have envisioned humanity's place in the world and relations to nature and other animals. It explores a number of conceptual and practical problems raised by Western efforts to borrow or appropriate Asian philosophies of nature. It highlights Asian tendencies to define the self in terms of relationships and interdependencies, in contrast to the separate and autonomous anthropologies of most Western approaches.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Taoism, humanity, philosophies of nature, autonomous anthropologies, Western approaches

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