Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 795–796 | Cite as

Review: Steve Bein Compassion and Moral Guidance (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press). 2013, ISBN 978-0-8248-3641-2, 222 pages, 45 Dollars

  • Alfred ArcherEmail author

What role should compassion play in our moral lives? While some moral philosophers (such as Arthur Schopenhauer) see compassion as providing the foundation of morality, others claim it plays a lesser role. In fact, Roger Crisp has argued that it is a feeling that would not play a significant role in the life of the virtuous person. In Compassion and Moral Guidance Steve Bein makes a new contribution to this discussion, arguing that compassion ought to play a central role in moral philosophy and moral decision-making. Bein’s book, which is part of a series of monographs commission by The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, has a second aim of comparing the different accounts of compassion in Western and Asian moral philosophy.

In the first half of the book Bein argues that compassion has a more central role in Asian philosophy than in Western moral philosophy. He starts, in Chapter 1, by examining the role of compassion in Western moral philosophy. Bein analyzes compassion and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TilburgTilburgThe Netherlands

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