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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Colloquium - Dr. Michael Fletcher, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:00 PM, Black 152

On Wednesday, May 13 at 5:00 PM in Black 152, Dr. Michael Fletcher will give a talk titled:

“The Incoherence of Buddhism: A Tourist’s Guide”

Buddhism makes a number of initially alarming metaphysical claims, one of which is that persons do not exist.  This would seem to make the Buddhist an anti-realist about persons. But that’s not all. Buddhism is not only a body of doctrines but also a religious practice, one guided by its own distinctive normative ethic. Buddhist ethics is in large part a moral response to the existence of suffering. But can Buddhism coherently claim on the one hand to be a normative practice, one that recognizes the moral significance of suffering, while on the other claim that, whatever else may be true of our world, ours is not a world containing persons?

All are welcome to attend!

For more information, contact philo@cwu.edu.

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