27. The Non-Self Theory and Problems in Philosophy of Mind

  1. Steven M. Emmanuel
  1. Joerg Tuske

Published Online: 5 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118324004.ch27

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

How to Cite

Tuske, J. (2013) The Non-Self Theory and Problems in Philosophy of Mind, in A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy (ed S. M. Emmanuel), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118324004.ch27

Author Information

  1. Salisbury University, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658772

Online ISBN: 9781118324004

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Keywords:

  • Buddhist philosophy;
  • free will;
  • mind;
  • non-self theory;
  • Western philosophy

Summary

The non-self theory is one of the cornerstones of Buddhist philosophy. This chapter examines this theory and discusses some of the issues it raises for Western philosophy of mind, in particular for the problem of free will. In the first part, it traces the non-self theory through several formulations, focusing on different Buddhist texts. In the second part, it analyzes some of the similarities and dissimilarities of the non-self theory with discussions of the mind-body problem and the free will problem in Western philosophy.