Boeddhistische aanknopingspunten voor een beroep op mensenrechten | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 52, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



This article tries to answer the question as to what extent buddhism can appreciate and embark on an ethical appeal to ‘human rights’. First of all, it represents the relevant part of an interview with the Dalai Lama on the issue, and takes his conviction as the thread of the article. The article goes on to ask whether buddhism can consider the social order a religious ideal. It then discusses some crucial buddhist conceptions related to human rights and duties. Finally, it goes more deeply into possible buddhist justifications for an appeal to (or approval of) the controversial notion of ‘human rights’.


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