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Brains, Buddhas, and BelievingThe Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind$
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Dan Arnold

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231145473

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231145473.001.0001

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Concluding Reflections

Concluding Reflections

Religious Studies and Philosophy of Mind

(p.236) Concluding Reflections
Brains, Buddhas, and Believing

Dan Arnold

Columbia University Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It argues that despite the seemingly sharp divergence between the projects of physicalist Fodor and idealist Dharmakīrti, the significance of their shared presuppositions is considerable, which reveals something interesting both about Dharmakīrti and about cognitive-scientific physicalism. Thus, while Dharmakīrti takes the Buddhist project to require the reality of rebirth, and while Fodor, in contrast, holds that intentionality is cognitive-scientifically explicable in terms of brain events, both thinkers evince cognitivist views of the mind. The chapter also considers some recent trends in religious studies, including the salutary turn away from preoccupation with doctrine as the preeminently significant category for organizing religious phenomena.

Keywords:   Dharmakīrti, Buddhism, philosophy of mind, physicalism, intentionality, religious studies, Fodor, idealism

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