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.

Publications and research outputs


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