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Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy

Christian Coseru


Combining epistemological insights from Dignāga, Dharmakīrti, Śāntarakṣita, and Kamalaśīla, but also drawing on the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty and on recent work in analytic philosophy and phenomenology, this book defends the view that perception is intentionally constituted and, under certain circumstances, represents a type of implicit knowing that precludes (or at least minimizes) the possibility of error. The book also explores the classic debate between Buddhists philosophers and their opponents, principally the Naiyāyikas and the Mīmāmsakas, on such issues as establishing reliable ... More

Keywords: perception, intentionality, consciousness, embodied cognition, reflexivity, naturalism, phenomenology, Buddhist philosophy, Śāntarakṣita, Kamalaśīla

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199843381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Coseru, author
College of Charleston