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Socijalne vrednosti u filozofiji budizma
Social Values In The Philosophy Of Buddhism

Author(s): Dragoslav Kočović
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: Buddhism; tharm; middle way; the four holy truths; eight­fold path; suffering; nirvana; justice; duty; appropriate behaviour; moral behaviour; moral discipline; intuitive wisdom

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with Buddhism, religion without God, but a divine interpretation of the world and a rational basis this doctrine dissemi­nates. Social and philosophical values in this article are presented as a complete system that gives meaning to existence, functioning and explanations of society and the individual in it. In this context, the ar­ticle starts from the philosophy of Buddhism rejecting the extremes in thinking and behaviour, and developing a philosophy of modera­tion, i.e. middle way which ensures good karma based on fairness, duty, decent behaviour, naturalness and the order of nature. In order to achieve this values and make them an integral part of human be­haviour in relation to other people, moral behaviour, moral discipline and intuitive wisdom are needed. Still, the system inevitably seeks to attain the state of freedom that is possible by identifying the pain, the causes of suffering and elimination thereof. It is obvious that this doctrine is based on the values that are indisputable in social policy (work, freedom, justice, solidarity, humanism) and as such excite the attention of workers in the theory and practice of social policy. It also identifies the causes that lead to psycho-social problems of man and offers a way in which these problems can be rectified. The article pro­vides a valuable philosophy to complement theory of social policy in the area of values, i.e. principles of social policy and a valuable form for its theory and methodology.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 07
  • Page Range: 167-183
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian