Proximality and Meditative Knowledge: a review discussion of Christian Coseru, Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy, Oxford University Press 2012, ISBN: 978-0199843381, hb, cxvi + 352 pp.
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If it isn’t obvious to everyone already, let me just state it clearly: Buddhist philosophy has arrived in contemporary metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. Scholars of comparative religion and Buddhism have known for decades, if not years and centuries, about the importance of engaging Buddhist thought philosophically. However, it has only been within the last thirty years that Buddhist thought has been taken out of the domain of the pure comparative religion category and into the domain of contemporary philosophy. Many books have already made the case for this, Mark Siderits’ Buddhism as Philosophy, Dan Arnold’s Brains, Buddhas, and Believing, Jay Garfield’s Engaging Buddhism, Evan Thompson’s The Embodied Mind, Owen Flanagan’s The Bodhisattva’s Brain, and Charles Goodman’s The Consequences of Compassion, and now, we can add Christian Coseru’s wonderful Perceiving Realityto the list. I will begin with a wide-angle take on what Coseru’s work offers. I will then...
KeywordsRelational View Explanation Style Internal Image Transcendental Argument Veridical Experience
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