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A Science of Compassion or a Compassionate Science? What Do We Expect from a Cross-Cultural Dialogue with Buddhism?

Anne Harrington

in Visions of Compassion

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130430.003.0002
A Science of Compassion or a Compassionate Science? What Do We Expect from a Cross-Cultural Dialogue with Buddhism?

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Compassion speaks more of psychology and human behavior and is rarely mentioned in the field of science. The history of science is like a search for the truth, and it includes intellectual factors and cultural influences, practical challenges that have brought about their discoveries, and how these steps affect the present level of today's science. It is of the same sentiment that the past predetermines and changes the path of the present and future. This chapter focuses now on compassion and tries to establish a link between compassion, science, and Buddhism. It discusses differences as well as similarities between the two fields of knowledge, where compassion is heavier and more significant in one than the other. But it is recognized that this is essential in both fields.

Keywords: compassion; psychology; behavior; history of science; Buddhism

Chapter.  5502 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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