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Is consciousness reflexively self-aware? A Buddhist analysis

Finnigan, Bronwyn


This article examines contemporary Buddhist defences of the idea that consciousness is reflexively aware or self‐aware. Call this the Self‐Awareness Thesis. A version of this thesis was historically defended by Dignāga but rejected by Prāsaṅgika Mādhyamika Buddhists. Prāsaṅgikas invoke a distinction between two truths or realities; they deny an ultimate reality but admit the use of conventional frameworks. This article asks whether some contemporary account can withstand Prāsaṅgika critique and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Ratio
DOI: 10.1111/rati.12200


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