In this following context, what is the specific meaning of the verbal phrase 'deal with'? Is it 'addresses' or 'manages?


It no doubt contains an excellent ethical code which is unparalleled in its perfection and altruistic attitude. It deals with one way of life for the monks and another for the laity.

Source: P. 24 Buddhism in a Nutshell by Narada Thera


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If "it" is a book, "deals with" means "discusses". If "it" is a philosophy or religion, "deals with" can mean "handles" or "approaches or regards or treats (a subject or issue)".

The religion deals with "sins of the flesh" very differently than it deals with avarice.

  • Thanks you very much, @TimR. It has the subtitle as: "Is BUDDHISM AN ETHICAL SYSTEM? " So it may refer to 'Buddhism'.
    – Sakya Kim
    Aug 22, 2023 at 12:10
  • @SakyaKim Whenever a sentence, which you have a question about, starts with a pronoun, include the previous sentence when asking here, so that we can be sure of the antecedent.
    – TimR
    Aug 22, 2023 at 19:50
  • Thanks again TimR.
    – Sakya Kim
    Aug 23, 2023 at 1:23

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