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).
BA (Religious Studies) University of Lancaster, 1977
DPhil Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford, 1986
Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society
Founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion
Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Buddhism
Co-editor of the Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
Member, Pali Text Society
Member of UK Association of Buddhist Studies
Member of American Academy of Religion