Inner Awareness is Essential to Consciousness: A Buddhist-Abhidharma Perspective

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This paper defends the realist representationalist version of the Buddhist-Abhidharma account of consciousness. The account explains the intentionality and the phenomenality of conscious experiences by appealing to the doctrine of self-awareness. Concerns raised by Buddhist Mādhyamika philosophers about the compatibility of reflexive awareness and externality of the objects of perception are addressed. Similarly, the Hindu critiques on the incoherence of the Buddhist doctrine of reflexive awareness with the doctrines of no-self and momentariness are also answered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83–101
Number of pages19
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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