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    Individual enlightenment and social responsiblity: on the sociological interpretations of the Holy Monk Khruba Boonchum 

    Dayweinda Yeehsai; Giordano, John (Assumption University Press, 2018)

    This paper will assess some sociological interpretations of Theravada Buddhism and Holy Monks which rely on such concepts as charisma, millenarianism and utopianism. In the past, sociologiests like Weber and Murti misinterpreted Buddhism as focusing upon individual enlightenment rather than the welfare of society. But these interpretations of Theravāda Buddhism overlook that the Buddhist concept of enlightenment has a deep relationship with social development and social responsibilities. Buddhism has a highly developed sociological bas...
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    Human autonomy and the overcoming of alienation in immaterial labor with reference to Zen Buddhism 

    Teerapong Jiaranaidilok; Giordano, John (Assumption University Press, 2018)

    This paper, will be a reflection on the changes in labor and alienation in the information age. It will focus specifically on the concept of immaterial labor and how this effects human autonomy and the consciousness of alienation. The paper will trace these concepts from the writings of Marx, to the approaches of Hardt and Negri and Franco “Bifo” Berardi. It will then show how the shortcomings of these theories which concern human autonomy in the face of the alienation of material labor can be complemented by the insights into practice...

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