Mind in Indian Buddhist Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

  • Posted on: 28 May 2017
  • By: mlg4035

Perhaps no other classical philosophical tradition, East or West, offers a more complex and counter-intuitive account of mind and mental phenomena than Buddhism. While Buddhists share with other Indian philosophers the view that the domain of the mental encompasses a set of interrelated faculties and processes, they do not associate mental phenomena with the activity of a substantial, independent, and enduring self or agent. Rather, Buddhist theories of mind center on the doctrine of not-self[1] (Pāli anatta, Skt.[2] anātma), which postulates that human beings are reducible to the physical and psychological constituents and processes which comprise them.

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  1. Coseru, C. Mind in Indian Buddhist Philosophy. In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University, 2017. BibTeX