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The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

Maria Heim

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199331031
eISBN:
9780199369386
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331031.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book treats systematically the ethical thought of the fifth-century CE Theravāda Buddhist thinker Buddhaghosa. It focuses on an important equivalence in Buddhist thought that identifies ... More


The Conditioning of Care: Intention, Emotion, and Restraint

Felicity Aulino

in Rituals of Care: Karmic Politics in an Aging Thailand

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501739729
eISBN:
9781501739743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739729.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines questions of intention, emotion, and self-formation from the vantage point of contemporary interpersonal norms in Thailand and their interestingly direct Pali antecedents. To ... More


Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words

Maria Heim

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190906658
eISBN:
9780190906689
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190906658.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion

Voice of the Buddha is a study of the intellectual practices and theories of scripture developed by the fifth-century thinker Buddhaghosa, the principal commentator, editor, and translator of the ... More


Introduction

Maria Heim

in The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199331031
eISBN:
9780199369386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331031.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter introduces the idea of intention and how it was linked by the Buddha to action (karma). Scholars of Buddhist history have seen this as an important move but have not yet fully explored ... More


Equanimity in Relationship: Responding to Moral Ugliness

Emily McRae

in A Mirror Is for Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190499778
eISBN:
9780190499792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190499778.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

In Buddhist ethical traditions, equanimity along with love, compassion, and sympathetic joy form what are called the four boundless qualities, which are affective states one cultivates for moral and ... More


Building Subjects

Jonardon Ganeri

in Virtual Subjects, Fugitive Selves: Fernando Pessoa and his philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198864684
eISBN:
9780191896729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198864684.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Panpsychists do not, nowadays, claim that everything exhibits psychological features but, more modestly, that psychological features are among the most fundamental features there are. A version of ... More


Introduction

Maria Heim

in Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190906658
eISBN:
9780190906689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190906658.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion

This opening chapter introduces the fifth-century CE Buddhist scholar Buddhaghosa, and suggests how he can be read for his theory of text, his philological practice, and his distinctive philosophical ... More


Conclusion

Maria Heim

in Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190906658
eISBN:
9780190906689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190906658.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion

The conclusion recapitulates the main arguments of the book, describing the argument that the Buddha’s qualities and omniscience were considered essential for Buddhaghosa’s theory of scripture and ... More


The Body in Contemplation: Buddhaghosa’s Visuddhimagga

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

in Human Being, Bodily Being: Phenomenology from Classical India

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198823629
eISBN:
9780191862236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823629.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter follows the process by which a highly detailed account of the human being as bodily being emerges through a series of contemplative practices described in the fifth century by ... More


Attention and Action

Jonardon Ganeri

in Attention, Not Self

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198757405
eISBN:
9780191817304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explores the belief that what explains the nature of our consciously active involvement with the world, our freedom from passivity, is attention. Attention is a kind of mental action. ... More


Consciousness

Jonardon Ganeri

in Attention, Not Self

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198757405
eISBN:
9780191817304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Two accounts of consciousness collide in the work of the fifth-century Buddhist philosopher Buddhaghosa, where they co-exist incompletely integrated and perhaps incompatibly with one another. They ... More


A Theory of Vision

Jonardon Ganeri

in Attention, Not Self

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198757405
eISBN:
9780191817304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Visual encounters set in motion a series of cognitive activities. Orienting responds to a visual stimulus, which gives rise to a primary visual acknowledgement. Orienting precedes all cognitive ... More


Working Memory and Attention

Jonardon Ganeri

in Attention, Not Self

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198757405
eISBN:
9780191817304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Increasingly it is recognized that selection is not the only function of attention; rather, ‘attention gates what comes to be encoded into short-term memory, helps maintain information in short-term ... More


Finitude and Flow

Jonardon Ganeri

in Attention, Not Self

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198757405
eISBN:
9780191817304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

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’ ... More


Postscript: Philosophy Without Borders

Jonardon Ganeri

in Attention, Not Self

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198757405
eISBN:
9780191817304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198757405.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This postscript discusses the nature and ambitions of cross-cultural philosophy. It distinguishes cross-cultural philosophy from an older project of comparative philosophy, and argues that philosophy ... More


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