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Protecting the Spiritual Environment: Rhetoric and Chinese Buddhist Environmentalism

Abstract This dissertation analyzes the way in which leaders of certain Taiwanese Buddhist organizations associated with a strand of Buddhist modernism called "humanistic Buddhism" use discourse and rhetoric to make environmentalism meaningful to their members. It begins with an assessment of the field of religion and ecology, situating it in the context of secular environmental ethics. It identifies rhetoric and discourse as important but under acknowledged elements in literature on environmental ethics, both religious and secular, and relates this lack of attention to rhetoric to the presence of a problematic gap between environmental ethics theory and environmentalist practice. This dissertation develops a methodology of rhetorical anal... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Clippard, Seth Devere (Author) / Chen, Huaiyu (Advisor) / Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava (Committee member) / Bokenkamp, Stephen (Committee member) / Tillman, Hoyt (Committee member) / Minteer, Ben (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Environmental philosophy / Rhetoric / Buddhism / Chinese Religions / Environmentalism / Environmental Rhetoric / Religion and Ecology / Sheng Yen
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 422 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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