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Self, No Self?Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions$
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Mark Siderits, Evan Thompson, and Dan Zahavi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593804.001.0001

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Buddhas as Zombies:A Buddhist Reduction of Subjectivity

Buddhas as Zombies:A Buddhist Reduction of Subjectivity

(p.308) 11 Buddhas as Zombies:A Buddhist Reduction of Subjectivity
Self, No Self?

Mark Siderits (Contributor Webpage)

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While some Buddhist philosophers maintain that consciousness is necessarily reflexive in nature, others deny this. Here it is maintained that there are good philosophical reasons to deny that consciousness is reflexive. The consequences of such a denial must then be explored, given the general Buddhist commitment to the position that consciousness is ownerless. Such a view would have to claim that a cognition can only be cognized by a distinct cognition. This other-illumination thesis took several distinct forms in the Indian tradition. The one form that would be both compatible with the Buddhist non-self view and philosophically defensible has the surprising consequence that consciousness is reducible to non-conscious states. Some of the ramifications of the resulting reductionism about the mental are discussed.

Keywords:   non-self, Buddhist reductionism, subjectivity, reflexivity, self-illumination, other-illumination, Dignāga, abductive inference, zombies

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