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Buddhism in Phaedo

SOCRATES VERSUS BUDDHA ON THE SOUL If Buddhism denies the existence of any continuing self or soul, this appears to conflict with Socrates' view of a continuing soul which is freed and released from ...
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How does catuskoti apply to everyday life?

The point of the Catuskoti is to discuss subjects outside the context of the context of the everyday, or Lebenswelt as the author of the article points out; even the ordinary formal logic of Western ...
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Are there any Western philosophies that present views similar to the No-self view of Buddhism?

anatman is a concatanation of the privative an, meaning no or not, and atman, which is sometimes translated as soul or self, for example, Tagore named Gandhi mahatma meaning great (maha) soul (atma). ...
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How does catuskoti apply to everyday life?

I think the first two concepts are not that strange: "I am having a cup of coffee" is true and only true. "I am having a cup of tea" is false and only false. But also "neither false nor true" is ...
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The non-existence of Gettier problems in Indo-Tibetan epistemology

Let me clarify what is not entirely clear from the OP quote but is apparent from the context of the paper: it is not that Indo-Tibetan thinkers do not consider what is known as Gettier cases, it is ...
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Is Logic Empirical?

Not exactly. Of course, there is a broad reading of "empirical", which includes anything somehow extracted from experience, upon which the answer is trivially yes. But on this reading God is also ...
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What is the philosophical significance of the First Law of Thermodynamics?

The Law states that “no energy can be destroyed or created..." Not quite. In its classical formulation, the 1st law says that energy is constant in a closed system. As this isn't entirely true, it ...
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Is there a relation between postmodernism and Asian philosophies?

Several thoughts on this (1) It would help a lot if "relation" were defined more clearly. Do you mean "share similar ideas"? Do you mean that one learned from the other? Do you mean they organize the ...
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Wanted references to the Phillip K Dick Total Recall (1990) paradox

In this piece which talks about similar questions about the nature of reality and his own quasi-mystical experiences, he mentions a number of pre-socratic philosophers (Heraclitus, Parmenides, ...
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The unanswered questions

In his book Western Approaches to Eastern Philosophy, Troy Wilson Organ spends an entire chapter on the Buddha’s silence regarding the nature of Nirvana. Organ says: Thus, there came to be known ...
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Trying to understand koan, Buddhist philosophy

I see it as someone who has been a casual student of Zen Buddhism for most of my life, hence: The way to be enlightened / to wake up from a zombie-like state -- is to pay attention to your own ...
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Whats the earliest documented instance of Buddhist Philosophy on European thought?

The earliest example that I have heard being advanced is that of Pyrrho the ancient Greek skeptic. He travelled with Alexander the Great and would have had access to Eastern Philosophy though I don't ...
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How can we let go of one (the Self) and not the other (Free Will)?

It seems to me that people are disposed to accept that [i.e. loss of self and oneness with the world] without much issue — is that a fair impression? Most of the people in the West (or I should ...
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Nietzsche on European Buddhism

I disagree with Jo Wehler's answer... I think. At least, the quotation Jo uses from the preface to the Genealogy of Morals doesn't seem to support his conclusion for a few important reasons. That ...
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How might studying philosophy impact your mental health?

PATRICIA TURRISI, 'The Problem of the Philosophical Person', The Pluralist, Vol. 4, No. 1 (SPRING 2009), pp. 68-76, deals with the 'madness' of Socrates and William James. But it's an article, not a ...
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Is Buddhism antinatalist?

An 'anti-natalist' conception of Buddhism involves a fundamental misunderstanding of Buddhist precepts. When Buddhists use the concepts of dukkha and tanhā —frequently translated as 'suffering' and '...
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Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions?

If enlightenment had such a meaning, all the enlightened persons would sit in some corner without doing anything. But enlightened persons realize the truth about this material world. Many ...
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What's wrong with this reconstruction of Nagarjuna?

In his book The Fundalmental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Malamadhyamakakarika, Jay L. Garfield writes for his translation and commentary on this verse: The essence of entities Is ...
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Question about the Four Noble Truths

"some scholars".. Not ones of Buddhism. Anicca anatta and dukha are the three marks of existence. These are usually translated, unsatisfactoriness, impermanence and not-self. They are not ...
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Whats the earliest documented instance of Buddhist Philosophy on European thought?

There is an argument that David Hume studied Buddhist thought. He certainly was in a French provincial city which had a library with translations of some Buddhist texts into Latin.
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Can there be Creation Ex Nihilo?

Regarding your statement about Buddhism I would refer you to this passage from the Pāli Canon, (the most complete extant early Buddhist canon). In contradition to your statement, it shows that Buddha ...
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Whats the earliest documented instance of Buddhist Philosophy on European thought?

I have seen comments in different readings over the years that said early Buddhist monks reached as far as Alexandria and the Greek world. There are many references. Read the heading History of ...
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Trying to understand koan, Buddhist philosophy

Its adapted from records in 1100 CE of Yunmen (雲門文偃) who was seeking his true nature by visiting Muzhou Daoming (睦州道明), known for "sudden illumination". Yunmen repeatedly visited Muzhou, ...
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Is there an influence of Buddhist thought in Leibniz's Monadology?

While Leibniz's theory of Monads does share quite a few parallels with Buddhist thought, the two schools of thought have some very sharp contrasts. For instance the idea of us being in The best ...
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How can anyone who hasn't realised the truth claim that Mahatma Buddha or any other person in history realised the God or Truth?

You write: Isn't it possible that whatever they have realized is just a psychological effect? Doing continuously hard practices leads to affect their mind and they tend to believe that, yes, this ...
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