Matthew MacKenzie
Colorado State University
In The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized, Owen Flanagan undertakes a project of what he calls ‘cosmopolitan philosophy’, with an aim to develop and interrogate a naturalized Buddhism. Cosmopolitan philosophy, for Flanagan, involves an on-going practice of, “reading and living and speaking across different traditions as open, non-committal, energized by an ironic or skeptical attitude about all the forms of life being expressed, embodied, and discussed, including one’s own . . .” (Flanagan 2011: 2).A project of naturalization requires a conception of naturalism that can serve as a hermeneutic and philosophical standard against which certain things may be judged naturalistically acceptable or unacceptable. To his credit, Flanagan admits that ‘naturalism’ is a vague concept, but its basic motto, he says, is ‘Just say no to the supernatural’. That is: “What there is, and all there is, is natural stuff, and everything that happens has some set of natural causes that produce it–altho ..
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