Self-Awareness (svasavitti) and Related Doctrines of Buddhists Following Dignāga: Philosophical Characterizations of Some of the Main Issues
Author: Arnold, Dan
Source: Journal of Indian Philosophy, Volume 38, Number 3, June 2010 , pp. 323-378(56)
Abstract:Framed as a consideration of the other contributions to the present volume of the Journal of Indian Philosophy, this essay attempts to scout and characterize several of the interrelated doctrines and issues that come into play in thinking philosophically about the doctrine of svasavitti, particularly as that was elaborated by Dignāga and Dharmakīrti. Among the issues thus considered are the question of how mānasapratyaka (which is akin to manovijñāna) might relate to svasavitti; how those related doctrines might be brought to bear with respect to some problems addressed with reference to the further doctrine (also closely related to svasavitti) concerning pramāaphala; and the distinctiveness of Dharmakīrti’s sahopalambhaniyama argument for svasavitti. A question recurrently considered throughout the essay has to do with whether (following Akeel Bilgrami) svasavitti reflects a perceptual or a constitutive understanding of self-awareness.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: June 1, 2010