David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 17 (1):47 – 64 (2007)
Our task will be to demonstrate that there are instructive parallels between Hebrew and Buddhist concepts of self. There are at least five main constituents (skandhas in Sanskrit) of the Hebrew self: (1) nepe as living being; (2) rah as indwelling spirit; (3) lb as heart-mind; (4) bāār as flesh; and (5) dām as blood. We will compare these with the five Buddhist skandhas: disposition (samskāra), consciousness (vijñāna), feeling (vedanā), perception (samjñā), and body (rpa). Generally, what we will discover is that both Buddhists and Hebrews have a 'bundle' theory of the self; both see the body as an essential part of personal identity; both overcome the modernist distinction of the inner and the outer; and both avoid language about the will as a distinct faculty. In sum, both present us with a fully somatic and nondualistic view of being human.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Charles Taylor (1989). Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. Harvard University Press.
Michael A. Slote (1992). From Morality to Virtue. Oxford University Press.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1966). Thus Spoke Zarathustra. New York, Viking Press.
William A. Galston (1993). [Book Review] Liberal Purposes, Goods, Virtues, and Diversity in the Liberal State. [REVIEW] Ethics 103 (2):393-397.
Damien Keown (1992). The Nature of Buddhist Ethics. St. Martin's Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Patterson (2005). Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought. Routledgecurzon.
Anne C. Klein (1994). Presence with a Difference: Buddhists and Feminists on Subjectivity. Hypatia 9 (4):112 - 130.
Yoram Hazony (2012). The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.
Jonathan Stoltz (2009). Buddhist Epistemology: The Study of Pramana. Religion Compass 3 (4):537-548.
Bronwyn Finnigan (2011). How Can a Buddha Come to Act?: The Possibility of a Buddhist Account of Ethical Agency. Philosophy East and West 61 (1):134-160.
Angie Danyluk (2003). To Be or Not to Be: Buddhist Selves in Toronto. Contemporary Buddhism 4 (2):127-141.
Gereon Kopf (2009). Merleau-Pontean Body and the Buddhist Theory of Five Skandhas : Yasuo Yuasa's Philosophy of the Body. In Jin Y. Park & Gereon Kopf (eds.), Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism. Lexington Books
Alan Tomhave (2010). Cartesian Intuitions, Humean Puzzles, and the Buddhist Conception of the Self. Philosophy East and West 60 (4):443-457.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads15 ( #233,154 of 1,793,280 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #463,804 of 1,793,280 )
How can I increase my downloads?