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    Service-learning and community : a case study of a university audio-book program for the blind 

    Chavakorn Techakesari; Kajornpat Tangyin (Assumption University Press, 2019)

    University courses in ethics are designed to help a student develop their moral character. But while classroom work provides students with knowledge, it is often not sufficient for deeper character development. The students also need some sort of practical engagement with people in their surrounding communities. This interaction creates both individual reflection and social awareness. Service-learning is a program which encourages the participants to learn and develop their moral characters through working in the community. During this...
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    Towards a Neo-Aristotelian account of philosophical counseling 

    Thesigan Nadarajan; Clark, Michael (Assumption University Press, 2019)

    At present, there is no generally accepted account of what philosophical counselling is or why we should practice it. The aim of this article is to propose an account of philosophical counselling in terms of an Aristotelian concept of Eudaimonia. I argue that this concept provides an apt description of what philosophical counselling, in many cases, consists in. One benefit of construing philosophical counselling in terms of Eudaimonia is that it provides a natural justification for the practice: since it is plausible that Eudaimonia is...
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    On bitcoin and Simmel's idea of perfect money 

    Siwittra Chainiyom; Giordano, John (Assumption University Press, 2019)

    Georg Simmel in his book Philosophy of Money,described how money evolves through history and predicted that it will evolve to the point where it no longer relies on any substance. He called this stage “perfect money,” which he described as “money detached from every substantial value”. Today we are faced with the development of cryptocurrencies, of which Bitcoin is the best known. Bitcoin presents a new system of transaction which does not require governments or middlemen to regulate trade. Since such currencies are completely beyond s...
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    A teleological interpretation of John Hick's threefold typology 

    Matsumoto, Fumihiko; Kajornpat Tangyin (Assumption University Press, 2019)

    This research critically investigates the soteriological ground of John Hick’s religious typology and his understanding of Religious Pluralism. It begins by considering the criticsims of Gavin D’Costa who, in his early work, favored Hick’s typology in Theology and Religious Pluralism, but later became critical of it in his work, Impossibility of a Pluralist view of Religions. It will also consider Paul Knitter’s alternative fourfold typology introduced in his work, Introducing Theologies of Religions, and Mark Heim’s ideas concerning r...
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    Thomas Hobbes' concept of of soverignty and its application to the Thai political context 

    Napassorn Jintawiroj Chanpradab (Bangkok : Assumption University, 2018)
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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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    The Buddhist doctrine of dependent origination with the focus on Parabhava Sutta 

    Nandobhasa, Venerable (Bangkok : Assumption University, 2017)
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    Developing interreligious dialogue in Myanmar: reflections on the Vatican document educating to intercultural dialogue in Catholic Schools 

    Win, Matthias Saw San (Assumption University Press, 2018)

    For the Roman Catholic Church beginning with Vatican II, interreligious dialogue has been promoted as an instrument to obtain mutual understanding. This has been outlined in the document Nostra Aetate. The Bishops of Myanmar, fully aware that interreligious dialogue is highly necessary for witnessing the gospel of Jesus Christ in this Buddhist-majority nation, have taken steps in their respective dioceses to further promote this approach. This paper is an analysis of the ways this has been implemented. It will show that a positive atti...
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    Fischer's semicompatibilism and its consequences 

    Pisit Marnil; Kajornpat Tangyin (Assumption University Press, 2018)

    In this paper I argue that the symmetric approach to moral responsibility, proposed by John Martin Fischer, should be focused merely on the consequence-particular. Fischer employs the symmetric approach with the intention to solve the asymmetric problems on moral responsibility. The problem arises from Frankfurt’s case, which rejects the principle of alternate possibilities (PAP), and relies on the action, rather than omission resulting in asymmetric problems. Fischer solves the problem by using his guidance control and returns the sym...
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    Ellul, Bataille, Zhuangzi & Technological Man 

    Lewis, Justin (Assumption University Press, 2017)

    The impact of modern technological society on the human spirit and on human values is undeniable. But the ability to philosophically engage with this impact and also to gain the means whereby we could evaluate it lucidly and soberly is a whole other matter. It is difficult for us today to find a place where we could stand outside the contemporary cultural matrix that has come to create our very selves, so as to identify and assess the aspects of our humanity that have always managed to outstrip the cultural conditioning and constructio...
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    Chantal Mouffe and religious pluralism: agonistic experiments in non-western societies 

    Lana Indralak; Giordano, John (Assumption University Press, 2017)

    This paper examines questions regarding the alleviation and management of religious conflict. It will first examine the philosophical framework of Chantal Mouffe as a response to Carl Schmitt’s critique of pluralism. Then it will give examples of conflict resolution and the preservation of diversity in such regions as, Lebanon, Indonesia and Thailand. Finally, it will examine these examples as exercises in “agonistics” as understood by Mouffe. This will be shown to be a valuable framework for conflict resolution and democracy in the AS...
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    Rene Guenon on the realization of traditional knowledge 

    Santos, Barbara Batista; Giordano, John (Assumption University Press, 2017)

    This paper investigates the ‘metaphysical’ perspectives of the French philosopher named René Guénon. Although Guénon was French, he was often critical of Western ways of thinking. Especially with regard to the concept of the metaphysical. Turning to the etymology of the word metaphysics, for Guénon metaphysics stands for whatever lies ‘beyond physics.’ This is different than the Aristotelian understanding of metaphysics, since it is always directed to the idea of the natural sciences viewed as a whole. This is a kind of thinking recogn...
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    Thomas Hobbes' concept of sovereignty and its relevance for Thailand and ASEAN 

    Napassorn Jintawiroj Chanpradab; Veerachart Nimanong (Assumption University Press, 2017)

    The paper’s objective is to analyze the concept of sovereignty in political philosophy with special reference to Thomas Hobbes for the purpose of understanding the changes facing Thai sovereignty from the origin of the modern state to the present time. Especially relevant is Hobbes’ distinction between internal and external sovereignty. Internal sovereignty can be used to understand the factionalism in Thai society resulting to the escalation of tensions since 2005. For the security of state, the Thai military staged a coup and has tak...
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    Ecotopia 

    Meinhold, Roman (2012)
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    Understanding Conflict and Approaching Peace in Southern Thailand 

    Yusuf, Imtiyaz; Schmidt, Lars Perter (2006)

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