Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 539–542 | Cite as

The Limits of the Buddhist Embrace of Science

Commentary on “Compassion, Ethics, and Neuroscience: Neuroethics through Buddhist Eyes”
  • Francisca Cho


The readiness of Buddhists to dialogue with and embrace modern science has caused some to worry that this encounter will deform Buddhist traditions for the sake of acceptance by the West. But their strong tradition of epistemological skepticism and intellectual pluralism makes it unlikely that Buddhists will embrace scientific positivism. Given the tensions between religion and science in contemporary western society, it is perhaps this feature of Buddhism that can make the most fruitful contribution in its dialogue with science.


Dialogue Adaptation Epistemology Positivism Pluralism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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