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Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind

Dan Arnold


This book looks at first-millennium Indian arguments and contemporary debates on the philosophy of mind and shows that seemingly arcane arguments among first-millennium Indian thinkers can illuminate matters still very much at the heart of contemporary philosophy. It explains how pre-modern Buddhists are sometimes characterized as veritable “mind scientists” whose insights anticipated modern research on the brain and mind. It confronts a significant obstacle to popular attempts at harmonizing classical Buddhist and modern scientific thought: the fact that since most Indian Buddhists hold that ... More

Keywords: Dharmakīrti, classical Buddhism, physicalism, Immanuel Kant, Wilfrid Sellars, John McDowell, intentionality, Indian thinkers, philosophy of mind, mental continuum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231145473
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231145473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Arnold, author