Buddhist No-Self, the Person Convention, and the Metaphysics of Moral Practice: Is Hayashi's Emergentist Account of Vasubandhu's Ontology of Persons Explanatorily Self-Defeating?
- Philosophy East and West
- University of Hawai'i Press
- Volume 70, Number 2, April 2020
- pp. 303-337
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Offered here is a critique of Hayashi's (2016) account of the Buddhist view of persons as emergent epiphenomena. It is argued that ethical agency is an ineliminable part of a fundamental action-theoretic ontology of our normative moral practices. So, if ethical agency grounds our moral practices and persons ground ethical agency, an account of persons as non-epiphenomenal emergents is required.