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ERIC Number: EJ1029316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Buddhism and Autonomy-Facilitating Education
Morgan, Jeffrey
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v47 n4 p509-523 Dec 2013
This article argues that Buddhists can consistently support autonomy as an educational ideal. The article defines autonomy as a matter of thinking and acting according to principles that one has oneself endorsed, showing the relationship between this ideal and the possession of an enduring self. Three central Buddhist doctrines of conditioned arising, impermanence and "anatman" are examined, showing a "prima facie" conflict between autonomy and Buddhist philosophy. Drawing on the "two truths" theory of Nagarjuna, it is then shown that the "prima facie" conflict can be defused by noting that the self has reality at one level, but is a fiction at another level. This approach allows us a new way of seeing autonomy as an extrinsic value--as a step in the journey towards nirvana, but of no value once one has achieved nirvana.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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