Buddhist Ethics and Theory of Knowledge: The RPactical Meanings of Strangification and Constructive


Human mind is predominantly powerful in human life. It shapes our characteristics and personalities as well as guides our thoughts and practices. Moreover, it influences one’s physical condition, e.g., weak or healthy. We are thus virtuous or evil, good or bad, unhealthy or healthy, stupid or wise, and so on, because of our minds.

The Buddha’s teachings vastly explain how to cope with one’s own mind and to make a good use of it for the sake of oneself and others. The knowledge of the mind and moral practices are related to each other. Moreover, the subtle knowledge of Buddhist ethics and psychology may lead us to accept worldly truths of others and penetrate the meanings of strangification and constructive realism as posted by some western scholars. Buddhism connects ethics and knowledge; Constructive Realism is going back to human actions as basic for knowledge. This is not only a bridge between Constructive Realism and Buddhism; it offers the basic methodology for intercultural understanding : Strangification. Applying this methodology, not only the central role of logics in Buddhism and its fascinating complexity becomes understandable but also the overcoming of differences between the religion is an example for dissolving relativism. All this reveals Buddhism as a rich system with a highly elaborated structure and its relevance for the contemporary world in respect to political, social and environmental problems.


1. To consider the roles of Buddhist ethics and psychology in the cultivation of human life and cross cultural understanding
2. To penetrate the worldly truths (sammutti sacca) and the values of constructive realism
3. To enhance the knowledge of Buddhist studies by the methodology of strangification. 

Language : English

Venue : College of Innovation, Thammasat University, Pattaya,Thailand

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