The Resource Brains, Buddhas, and believing : the problem of intentionality in classical Buddhist and cognitive-scientific philosophy of mind, Dan Arnold

Brains, Buddhas, and believing : the problem of intentionality in classical Buddhist and cognitive-scientific philosophy of mind, Dan Arnold

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Brains, Buddhas, and believing : the problem of intentionality in classical Buddhist and cognitive-scientific philosophy of mind
Title
Brains, Buddhas, and believing
Title remainder
the problem of intentionality in classical Buddhist and cognitive-scientific philosophy of mind
Statement of responsibility
Dan Arnold
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Premodern Buddhists are sometimes characterized as veritable 'mind scientists' whose insights anticipate modern research on the brain and mind. Aiming to complicate this story, Dan Arnold confronts a significant obstacle to popular attempts at harmonizing classical Buddhist and modern scientific thought: since most Indian Buddhists held that the mental continuum is uninterrupted by death (its continuity is what Buddhists mean by 'rebirth'), they would have no truck with the idea that everything about the mental can be explained in terms of brain events. Nevertheless, a predominant stream of Indian Buddhist thought, associated with the seventh-century thinker Dharmakirti, turns out to be vulnerable to arguments modern philosophers have leveled against physicalism. By characterizing the philosophical problems commonly faced by Dharmakirti and contemporary philosophers such as Jerry Fodor and Daniel Dennett, Arnold seeks to advance an understanding of both first-millennium Indian arguments and contemporary debates on the philosophy of mind. The issues center on what modern philosophers have called intentionality -- the fact that the mind can be about (or represent or mean) other things. Tracing an account of intentionality through Kant, Wilfrid Sellars, and John McDowell, Arnold argues that intentionality cannot, in principle, be explained in causal terms. Elaborating some of Dharmakirti's central commitments (chiefly his apoha theory of meaning and his account of self-awareness), Arnold shows that despite his concern to refute physicalism, Dharmakirti's causal explanations of the mental mean that modern arguments from intentionality cut as much against his project as they do against physicalist philosophies of mind. This is evident in the arguments of some of Dharmakirti's contemporaneous Indian critics (proponents of the orthodox Brahmanical Mimasa school as well as fellow Buddhists from the Madhyamaka school of thought), whose critiques exemplify the same logic as modern arguments from intentionality. Elaborating these various strands of thought, Arnold shows that seemingly arcane arguments among first-millennium Indian thinkers can illuminate matters still very much at the heart of contemporary philosophy."--The dust-jacket flaps
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DLC
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1965-
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Arnold, Daniel Anderson
Index
index present
LC call number
B105.I56
LC item number
A76 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Intentionality (Philosophy)
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy, Comparative
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Intentionality (Philosophy)
  • Philosophy, Comparative
  • Philosophy of mind
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Brains, Buddhas, and believing : the problem of intentionality in classical Buddhist and cognitive-scientific philosophy of mind, Dan Arnold
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Dharmakirti's Proof of Rebirth: A Dualist Account of the Causes of Cognition -- 2. The Cognitive-Scientific Revolution: Computationalism and the Problem of Mental Causation -- 3. Responsiveness to Reasons as Such: A Kantian Account of Intentionality -- 4. The Apoha Doctrine: Dharmakirti's Account of Mental Content -- 5. The Svasamvitti Doctrine: Dharmakirti's "Methodological Solipsism" -- 6. Indian Arguments from Practical Reason: Mimamsakas and Madhyamikas Contra Cognitivism
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 311 pages
Isbn
9780231518215
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(electronic)
Lccn
2011015742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)712931457
  • (OCoLC)ocn712931457
Label
Brains, Buddhas, and believing : the problem of intentionality in classical Buddhist and cognitive-scientific philosophy of mind, Dan Arnold
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Dharmakirti's Proof of Rebirth: A Dualist Account of the Causes of Cognition -- 2. The Cognitive-Scientific Revolution: Computationalism and the Problem of Mental Causation -- 3. Responsiveness to Reasons as Such: A Kantian Account of Intentionality -- 4. The Apoha Doctrine: Dharmakirti's Account of Mental Content -- 5. The Svasamvitti Doctrine: Dharmakirti's "Methodological Solipsism" -- 6. Indian Arguments from Practical Reason: Mimamsakas and Madhyamikas Contra Cognitivism
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 311 pages
Isbn
9780231518215
Isbn Type
(electronic)
Lccn
2011015742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)712931457
  • (OCoLC)ocn712931457

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