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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198757405.001.0001

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Finitude and Flow

Finitude and Flow

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(p.329) 16 Finitude and Flow
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Attention, Not Self
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Jonardon Ganeri

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0016

It is far from uncommon for thinkers to appeal to the idea of a central core of personality, and indeed to equate it with a conception of self. This chapter argues that this notion of a ‘core self’ is best explicated in terms of a notion of the centring of the space of awareness by attention. It argues further that an account of self-narratives is consistent with an apophatic conception of persons. The experience of death is that of a reliving of an event that sums up what is of greatest significance in one’s life.

Keywords:   Buddhaghosa, Buddhist philosophy, core self, narrative self, survival, death, death experience

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