Table of Contents Abbreviations Introduction Chapter One: Constructing Experience: Intention in the Suttas Chapter Two: The Work of Intention: Mental Life in the Abhidhamma Chapter Three: Culpability and Disciplinary Culture in the Vinaya Chapter Four: Making Actions Intelligible: Intention and Mind in Stories Conclusion Bibliography Notes Index
Maria Heim is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at Amherst College. Her work focuses on moral psychology, emotions, and agency in South Asian intellectual history.
"This book will be a major contribution to scholarship in Buddhist Studies, as well as to the discipline of moral psychology more generally. The scholarship is impeccable, the attention to canonical material and secondary literature in Buddhist Studies as well as to relevant work in Western philosophy and social theory is meticulous. The book is rich in hermeneutical and philosophical insight, carefully argued, and written with uncommon perspicuity, grace and even humor I would not be surprised if it were to be recognized as one of the most significant recent contributions to Buddhist philosophy." --Jay L. Garfield, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities, Yale-NUS College "Throughout this original, humane, and often beautiful exploration of Buddhist moral thinking, Maria Heim allows herself to be taught and guided by the great Buddhist thinker Buddhaghosa about how to read Buddhist texts well and how to think reflectively about the nature of a moral person. The result is that we are introduced to a Buddhaghosa that we have not met before: an astute humanist always alert to the complexities of the moral life, and a contemporary with us, as it were, offering us fresh resources for our own efforts to make sense of ourselves as moral persons." - Charles Hallisey, Harvard Divinity School