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Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy
By: Christian Coseru

Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality,

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Author: Christian Coseru
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780199843381
Publication Date: 2012/2015

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Product Code: 9780190253110

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Combining insights from Buddhist phenomenology and epistemology, but also drawing on the work of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and recent work in analytic philosophy of mind and phenomenology, Christian Coseru develops a framework for understanding perception as a mode of apprehension that is intentionally constituted and, under certain circumstances, represents a type of implicit knowing that is pragmatically oriented and effective.

The book's main focus is about the role that a particular understanding of the structure of awareness must play in settling epistemological disputes. What is significant about these arguments is that they provide a model for integrating the phenomenological and cognitive psychological concerns of Abhidharma traditions within the dialogical-disputational context of Buddhist epistemology. Taking as point of departure the classic debate between Buddhists philosophers and their opponents, Perceiving Reality examines the function of perception as a source of knowledge and its relation to attention, language and discursive thought, and provides new ways of conceptualizing the Buddhist defense of the reflexivity thesis of consciousness - namely, that each cognitive event is to be understood as involving a pre-reflective implicit awareness of its own occurrence.

Coseru advances an innovative approach to Buddhist philosophy of mind in the form of phenomenological naturalism, and moves beyond comparative approaches to philosophy by emphasizing the continuity of concerns between Buddhist and Western philosophical accounts of the nature of perceptual content and the character of perceptual consciousness.

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