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Pointing at the MoonBuddhism, Logic, Analytic Philosophy$
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Jay L. Garfield, Tom J. F. Tillemans, and Mario D'Amato

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381559.001.0001

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Would It Matter All That Much if There Were No Selves?

Would It Matter All That Much if There Were No Selves?

(p.115) 9 Would It Matter All That Much if There Were No Selves?
Pointing at the Moon

Raymond Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to put the worry about future-oriented self-concern to rest. It argues that whatever difficulties there may be in justifying future-oriented self-concern, they are no greater for skeptics about the self than they are for believers. It also shows that some recent Buddhist commentators have exaggerated the extent to which those who deny the existence of a substantial and enduring self need, for practical purposes, to pretend that one actually exists. It argues that not much pretense is required.

Keywords:   Buddhism, self-concern, anātman, reductionism

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