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The Beats and Buddhism:More "Kerouac in Florida" on Thursday, 10/11

Updated on: Oct 10, 2007 @ 12:15:00 pm

The celebration of the work of Jack Kerouac, "Kerouac in Florida" continues! Dr. Jane Compson, UCF Philosophy Professor, will be presenting a discussion on the Beats and Buddhism on Thursday, October 11, 2007 from 7-8 p.m. in the library, room 223.
About the speaker:
Jane Compson graduated from the University of Bristol (UK) with a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion in 1998. Her dissertation was on the Buddhist attitude towards other religious groups in the early Buddhist scriptures (the Pali Nikayas), and a comparison of this approach with that of contemporary religious pluralist, John Hick. Jane's bachelor's degree was in English Literature (Exeter) - as part of this program she studied some philosophy of religion, which has since been one of her key areas of interest. She is also very interested in environmental ethics and medical ethics. She spent a year working at the groundbreaking Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol, before spending nearly two years working on the Anti-Whaling Team for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
This experience prompted a keen interest in environmental ethics, and to find out more about this, she went to Colorado State University in 2001 to study for a Master's Degree in Philosophy with a special focus on environmental ethics. Her thesis was on the issue of the moral considerability of animals.
Jane's current research interests are in environmental (primarily animal) ethics, Buddhist philosophy, and the contributions that a Buddhist perspective can make to the Western debate about animal ethics.



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