Brains, Buddhas, and believing : the problem of by Dan Arnold

By Dan Arnold

Within the fresh, burgeoning discourse on Buddhist proposal and cognitive technological know-how, premodern Buddhists are often characterised as veritable?mind scientists" whose insights expect sleek examine at the mind and brain. Aiming to complicate this tale, Dan Arnold confronts an important hindrance to well known makes an attempt at harmonizing classical Buddhist and sleek medical inspiration: given that such a lot Indian Buddhists believe Read more...

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While my perhaps eccentric development of this book’s various ideas should not, of course, be held against any of them, there are some among these many interlocutors whom it’s my pleasure to thank for their special roles in furthering my work. Much of what shows up in the following pages was first presented at various conferences and symposia; I especially benefited from such opportunities as were made available to me by Piotr Balcerowicz, David Eckel, Jay Garfield, Birgit Kellner, and Tom Tillemans, all of whom I thank both for their invitations and their feedback.

Perception is privileged on this account, then, just insofar as the causal efficacy that figures therein is the criterion of the real. Dharmakīrti alternatively makes the same point in stating what is widely referred to as the “sattvānumāna” (the “inference from being existent”) argument for momentariness—an argument meant to show that existents must change from moment to moment simply insofar as they can be thought to exist.

Insofar, that is, as he takes the mental to be causally explicable in terms of particular moments of awareness, Dharmakīrti is vulnerable to arguments meant to show intentionality to be irreducible to and ineliminable in favor of such terms. If, as Sellars has it, the “logical space of reasons” is sui generis—if reasoning and believing will not admit of the kind of finally causal explanation that Fodor and Dharmakīrti commonly aim for—then significant commitments of Dharmakīrti’s are called into question.

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