Analytical Buddhism: The Two-tiered Illusion of Self

Hardcover | October 13, 2006

byM. Albahari

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We spend our lives protecting an elusive self - but does the self actually exist? Drawing on literature from Western philosophy, neuroscience and Buddhism (interpreted), the author argues that there is no self. The self - as unified owner and thinker of thoughts - is an illusion created by two tiers. A tier of naturally unified consciousness (notably absent in standard bundle-theory accounts) merges with a tier of desire-driven thoughts and emotions to yield the impression of a self. So while the self, if real, would think up the thoughts, the thoughts, in reality, think up the self.

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We spend our lives protecting an elusive self - but does the self actually exist? Drawing on literature from Western philosophy, neuroscience and Buddhism (interpreted), the author argues that there is no self. The self - as unified owner and thinker of thoughts - is an illusion created by two tiers. A tier of naturally unified conscio...

MIRI ALBAHARI is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Calgary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:235 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 13, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230007120

ISBN - 13:9780230007123

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Preface Introduction: The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self Some Central Distinctions and the Four Noble Truths Nibbana The Definition and Status of Self in Buddhism The Reflexively Assumed Self How do we Construe 'The Self Lacks Reality'? Linking Problems of Consciousness with Awareness The Unconstructed Reality of Awareness How the Self could be a Construct The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self Glimpses Beyond Bibliography