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Buddhist philosophy of mind: Nāgārjuna’s critique of mind-body dualism from His Rebirth Arguments


Thakchoe, S, Buddhist philosophy of mind: Nāgārjuna's critique of mind-body dualism from His Rebirth Arguments, Philosophy East and West, 69, (3) pp. 807-827. ISSN 0031-8221 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/pew.2019.0064


Richard Hayes (1993, 2013) and Dan Arnold (2008, 2012) have argued that Dharmakīrti (c. 600-660 C.E.) is a mind-body dualist. The proof, they say, lies in the justification he gives for his theory of rebirth. In this paper, I put Dharmakīrti’s argument to the test against a rival argument of Nāgārjuna. It turns out Nāgārjuna completely rejects the mind-body dualism of Dharmakīrti and the rebirth theory built upon it.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Buddhist philosophy of mind, mind-body dualism
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Other philosophy and religious studies
Research Field:Other philosophy and religious studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Thakchoe, S (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)
ID Code:131409
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-03-18
Last Modified:2020-08-05

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