The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized (MIT Press) by Owen Flanagan

By Owen Flanagan

If we're fabric beings residing in a fabric international -- and the entire medical proof means that we're -- then we needs to locate existential which means, if there's any such factor, during this actual international. We needs to forged our lot with the common instead of the supernatural. Many Westerners with non secular (but now not spiritual) tendencies are drawn to Buddhism -- virtually as one of those moral-mental hygiene. yet, as Owen Flanagan issues out in The Bodhisattva's Brain, Buddhism is infrequently naturalistic. In The Bodhisattva's Brain, Flanagan argues that it's attainable to find in Buddhism a wealthy, empirically in charge philosophy which may element us to 1 course of human flourishing. a few declare that neuroscience is within the strategy of validating Buddhism empirically, yet Flanagan's naturalized Buddhism doesn't lessen itself to a mind experiment exhibiting happiness styles. "Buddhism naturalized," as Flanagan constructs it, deals in its place a completely naturalistic and entire philosophy, appropriate with the remainder of wisdom -- a manner of conceiving of the human main issue, of wondering which means for finite fabric beings dwelling in a cloth world.

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