Think 19 (55):95-109 (2020)

An appropriate description for the Buddha's philosophy of persons within the frame of materialist philosophy of mind, prima facie, would understandably be a kind of reductionism, given that the Buddha reduced the self to nothing but a collection of impersonal and impermanent psychophysical elements. In this article, I argue that this view is only appropriate for understanding the self within conventional reality, as is the term used by Buddhists, and does not tackle the other half, namely, ultimate reality. I claim that eliminative materialism provides a more accurate description of the Buddha's prescriptive practice, and although falling prey to the same problems that reductionism faces, creates a good basis for an alternative position of the Buddha as a Hard Eliminativist.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/s1477175620000093
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: 51,668
External links

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

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

An Easier Way to Become a Buddha?Fuchuan Yao - 2012 - Asian Philosophy 22 (2):121-132.
The Contemporary Relevance of Buddha.Amartya Sen - 2014 - Ethics and International Affairs 28 (1):15-27.
The Doctrine of Buddha. [REVIEW]P. R. - 1958 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (1):145-145.
Why Did Brahmā Ask the Buddha to Teach?Dhivan Thomas Jones - 2009 - Buddhist Studies Review 26 (1):85-102.
Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher.Douglass Smith & Justin Whitaker - 2016 - Philosophy East and West 66 (2):515-538.
Relics of the Buddha.John S. Strong - 2004 - Princeton University Press.
Mapping Poteat on the Buddha and Zen.Milton R. Scarborough - 2018 - Tradition and Discovery 44 (2):32-46.


Added to PP index

Total views
3 ( #1,247,928 of 2,331,392 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #256,915 of 2,331,392 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes