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date: 23 February 2019

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This chapter discusses the Yogācāra doctrine of reflexive self-awareness (svasaṃvedana) as introduced by Dignāga and defended by Dharmakīrti against Hindu opponents as well as later Buddhist Mādhyamikas. It explains the doctrine of reflexive awareness and the arguments offered by Dignāga and Dharmakīrti. It appears that the doctrine of reflexive awareness is in conflict with other central commitments of Buddhist philosophers: the no-self theory and the theory of momentariness. The distinctive contribution of this chapter is to explicate a constitutive role for reflexive awareness in the account of conscious experience and point toward a resolution of the apparent conflict.

Keywords: Yogācāra, Buddhist epistemology, dharma ontology, reflexive awareness, momentariness, no-self theory, Dignāga

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