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Damien Keown (born 1951) is a prominent bioethicist and authority on Buddhist bioethics. He currently teaches in the Department of History at the University of London. Keown earned a BA in religious studies from the University of Lancaster in 1977 and a DPhil from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University in 1986.
Keown's most important books include The Nature of Buddhist Ethics (1992) and Buddhism & Bioethics (1995). His most widely read book is Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press).