Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 8, Issue 1, Spring 2001

Jeremiah Conway
Pages 7-12

A Buddhist Critique of Nussbaum’s Account of Compassion

This paper examines Martha Nussbaum’s account of compassion from the perspective of Mahayana Buddhism. It focuses on the three criteria of compassion, set forth by Nussbaum in a number of her works, and shows why Buddhism would reject each of them. The paper concludes that Nussbaum’s analysis of compassion is more accurately described as an account of pity.