Bodhisattva's Brain Buddhism Naturalized

ISBN-10: 0262525208

ISBN-13: 9780262525206

Edition: 2013

Authors: Owen Flanagan
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Description: If we are material beings living in a material world -- and all the scientificevidence suggests that we are -- then we must find existential meaning, if there is such a thing, inthis physical world. We must cast our lot with the natural rather than the supernatural. ManyWesterners with spiritual (but not religious) inclinations are attracted to Buddhism -- almost as akind of moral-mental hygiene. But, as Owen Flanagan points out in The Bodhisattva'sBrain, Buddhism is hardly naturalistic. In The Bodhisattva's Brain,Flanagan argues that it is possible to discover in Buddhism a rich, empirically responsiblephilosophy that could point us to one path of human flourishing. Some claim thatneuroscience is in the process of validating Buddhism empirically, but Flanagan's naturalizedBuddhism does not reduce itself to a brain scan showing happiness patterns. "Buddhismnaturalized," as Flanagan constructs it, offers instead a fully naturalistic and comprehensivephilosophy, compatible with the rest of knowledge -- a way of conceiving of the human predicament,of thinking about meaning for finite material beings living in a material world.

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy. His books include Varieties of Moral Personality (1991), Consciousness Reconsidered (1992), The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World (2007), and The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized (2011).

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Buddhism Naturalized
An Essay in Comparative Neurophilosophy
The Bodhisattva's Brain
The Color of Happiness
Buddhist Epistemology and Science
Buddhism as a Natural Philosophy
Selfless Persons
Being No-Self and Being Nice
Virtue and Happiness
Postscript: Cosmopolitanism and Comparative Philosophy
Notes
References
Index
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