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"Conversations Greek and Indian: comparative work on Plato's Republic and Shantideva's Bodhicarayavatara"

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Lunch Lecture


March 6, 2020

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Please RSVP by Monday, March 2nd to [email protected]

Speaker & Affiliation

Sara Ahbel-Rappe,Visiting Class of 1932 Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Department of Classics


12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne


In this talk, I compare the overall projects of the Republic and Shantideva's 8th Century treatise on Buddhist virtue ethics. Some of the themes I will touch on include how transmigration figures into eudaemonist ethics for each work, the relationship between virtue and wisdom and the construal of wisdom together with its objects in both texts. This paper is the result of an ongoing international collaboration between scholars of Platonism and scholars of Buddhism, sponsored by the National University of Singapore and including scholars from Michigan, Vancouver, Cornell, New Mexico, Paris, Mexico, and Singapore.