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Kim Skoog is a member of the philosophy program at the University of Guam and currently is Chair of the Division of Humanistic Studies (a multidisciplined unit focusing on the Human Prospect). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in Comparative Philosophy, his M.A. from the University of Washington, and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. He has presented and published numerous articles both in Asia and the United States. His most recent publication is a chapter in the book Living Liberation in Hindu Thought (SUNY).

 

Abstract of paper given at Jainism and Ecology conference:
Ahimsa as a Categorical Imperative for Environmental Care

Some philosophers who have tried to understand and articulate morality have resorted to efforts to identify a basic moral ground or "supreme principle" upon which all other moral directives are derived. This paper will examine the Jaina principle of ahimsa (nonviolence) as a candidate for such a fundamental principle or categorical imperative. Specifically, we will create a functional environmental ethic grounded in this principle of ahimsa. Some effort will also be made to summarize the current and historical Jaina attitudes toward preservation and respect for nature, given that they have adopted ahimsa as a basic principle of life for nearly three thousand years.

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