Zygon 48 (4):908-915 (2013)

The belief that humans are more than their bodies is to a large extent represented in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions by the notion of rebirth, the main difference being that the former envisages a more corporeal continuing entity than the latter. The author has studied the manner in which exposure to science at a postgraduate level impinges on belief in rebirth at universities and institutes in India and Thailand. Many Hindu and Buddhist scientists tend to believe less in a reincarnating entity because of their scientific work, but Buddhists can point to their empty self doctrine, which has resonances with models of an extended self, rejecting the notion of a core self (anattā) and replacing it with a system of interdependent parts (paṭicca samuppāda), which governs previous and future lives
Keywords Hindu  science  embodiment  rebirth  Buddhism
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/zygo.12049
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,262
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
75 ( #144,940 of 2,455,782 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #225,744 of 2,455,782 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes