Dialogues, Part II: Pragmatic Extensions and Applications

Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington

in Visions of Compassion

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI:
Dialogues, Part II: Pragmatic Extensions and Applications

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This chapter describes the second part of the attempt of the Dalai Lama to explain some of the most profound questions based upon the issues tackled in this book. Among these are: whether human nature and human ethics are completely contradictory, or whether there can be a relationship and some practical methods to enhance the capacity of an individual to experience compassion; the link between the drive of compassion to prosocial action; the factors that play a significant role in the development and growth of compassion; whether anger is justifiable in certain situations and whether there is a natural tendency in an individual towards violence; and whether reincarnation is relevant. It is said that biology cannot fully explain human emotions such as kindness and compassion, as these are nontangible elements that are more leaning towards the field of morality.

Keywords: ethics; nature; prosocial action; biology; morality; anger

Chapter.  13269 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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