Metaphysical Humility: The Eudaimonic Enlightenment Model and Beyond



This chapter explores the metaphysical implications of eudaimonic enlightenment. It claims that the eudaimonic enlightenment model sidesteps problems relating to materialism, the relationship of mind and body, and the existence of God by taking a metaphysically modest stance. In doing so, it comports with the Buddha’s own reluctance to address metaphysical concerns. The chapter suggests that human limitations prevent us from conclusively knowing whether the universe has a purpose or resolving the mind-body problem in a satisfying kind of way. It also examines traditional Buddhist positions on the relationship between consciousness and materiality. It ends with a plea for metaphysical humility and the suggestion that the most important answers to the question of “how ought we to live?” do not require that we settle metaphysical questions first.


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