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Pointing at the MoonBuddhism, Logic, Analytic Philosophy$
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Jay L. Garfield, Tom J. F. Tillemans, and Mario D'Amato

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381559.001.0001

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Is Reductionism Expressible?

Is Reductionism Expressible?

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(p.57) 5 Is Reductionism Expressible?
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Pointing at the Moon
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Mark Siderits (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381559.003.0005

Buddhists hold that there is no self. Their view is best represented as a form of ontological reductionism. But this claim is controversial, since Buddhists do not typically put theirs as the view that a person just consists in certain other things. Instead, they explain their view by employing the notion that there are two kinds of truth. They say that while it is conventionally true that there are persons, the ultimate truth is that there are impersonal psychophysical elements in causal connection. The Buddhist view is considered reductionist because the device of the two truths represents a better way of formulating ontological reductionism. This chapter explores the objection that, if this is the correct formulation of reductionism, then reductionism will turn out to be inexpressible.

Keywords:   Buddhism, reductionists, self, ontolgical reductionism, causal connection

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