This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to look at what was arguably the dominant trajectory of Indian Buddhist philosophy—that stemming from Dharmakīrti (c.600–660 ce)—through the lens of central issues in contemporary philosophy of mind. It suggests that there are indeed important respects in which Dharmakīrti's project is akin to those of contemporary cognitive-scientific philosophers, including a guiding commitment to finally causal explanations of the mental, as well as the view that everything about the mental must be explicable with reference only to things somehow internal to the subject. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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