Professor Emeritus Damien Keown

Staff details

Position Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Ethics
Department History
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Professor Emeritus Damien Keown

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Religious Studies) University of Lancaster, 1977
  • DPhil Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford, 1986

Research Interests

Buddhist ethics: theoretical foundations and normative applications, with particular reference to medicine and biotechnology.



Keown, Damien V. ; Husted, Wayne R and Prebish, Charles. 2015. Buddhism and Human Rights. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138862296

Keown, Damien V. . 2013. Buddhism. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199663835

Keown, Damien V. and Charles, P.. 2007. Routledge Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Routledge. ISBN 9780415314145

Broadhead, Philip J. and Keown, Damien V. . 2006. Can Faiths Make Peace? Holy Wars and the Resolution of Religious Conflicts. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781845112769

Keown, Damien V. . 2005. Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN 019280457X

Keown, Damien V. . 2005. From Ancient India to Modern Benares: Buddhist Studies in Honor of Charles Prebish. Routledge.

Keown, Damien V. and Prebish, Charles. 2004. Buddhism–The eBook An Online Introduction -Fourth Edition. JBE Online Books. ISBN 978-0-9801633-6-0

Keown, Damien V. ; Queen, Christopher and Prebish, Charles. 2003. Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism. Routledge. ISBN 978-0700715947

Keown, Damien V. . 2003. Dictionary of Buddhism. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198605609

Keown, Damien V. . 2001. Buddhism & Bioethics. London: Macmillan Palgrave. ISBN 978-0333912805

Keown, Damien V. . 2000. Contemporary Buddhist Ethics. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0700713134

Keown, Damien V. . 1998. Buddhism and Abortion. University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 978-0824821081

Keown, Damien V. . 1992. The Nature of Buddhist Ethics. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333552636

Book Section

Keown, Damien V. . 2005. Origins of Buddhist Ethics. In: S. William, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. Blackwell, pp. 286-296. ISBN 0631216340


Keown, Damien V. . 2010. Buddhism, Brain Death and Organ Transplantation. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 17, pp. 1-36.

Keown, Damien V. . 2007. Buddhism and Ecology: A Virtue Ethics Approach. Contemporary Buddhism, 8(2), pp. 97-112. ISSN 1463-9947