Journal of Buddhist Ethics 19:33-95 (2012)

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Rick Repetti
Kingsborough Community College (CUNY)
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A critical review of Mark Siderits's arguments in support of a compatibilist Buddhist theory of free will based on early Abhidharma reductionism and the two-truths distinction between conventional and ultimate truths or reality, which theory he terms 'paleo-compatibilism'. The Buddhist two-truths doctrine is basically analogous to Sellers' distinction between the manifest and scientific images, in which case the argument is that determinism is a claim about ultimate reality, whereas personhood and agency are about conventional reality, both discourse domains are semantically insulated, and thus there cannot be any issue of the incompatibility.
Keywords Buddhism  free will  Buddhism and free will  paleo-compatibilism  the two-truths doctrine  semantic dualism  paleocompatibilism  Mark Siderits
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