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Candrakīrti on deflated episodic memory: Response to Endel Tulving’s challenge


Thakchoe, S, Candrakīrti on deflated episodic memory: Response to Endel Tulving's challenge, Australasian Philosophical Review, 1, (4) pp. 432-438. ISSN 2474-0500 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/24740500.2017.1411150


In my response to Ganeri's [2018] paper, I take Buddhagosha's deflationary account of episodic memory one step further through the analysis of the Madhyamaka philosopher Candrakīrti (ca. 570-640) who, like Buddhagosha, explicitly defends episodic memory as a recollection of the objects experienced in the past, rather than subjective experience. However, unlike Buddhagosha, Candrakīrti deflates episodic memory by showing the incoherence of the Sautrāntika-Yogācāra's thesis that episodic memory requires the admission of reflexive awareness. Also unlike Buddhagosha, Candrakīrti shows the incoherence of the Mimāṁsāka-Naiyāyika's self-implication requirement thesis, therefore directly countering Tulving's challenge to the Buddhist philosophers, by arguing that episodic memory is capable of mental time travel without any reference to the operation of enduring self. I will thus suggest that Candrakīrti may have even greater success in deflating the self-implication requirement of episodic memory.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:episodic memory, deflated episodic memory, inflated episodic memory, reflexive cognition, proprietary attention, Candrakırti, Sautrantika-Yogacara, Mimamsaka-Naiyayika
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy of religion
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Thakchoe, S (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)
ID Code:124988
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-03-21
Last Modified:2019-02-21

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