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The No-Self View and the Meaning of Life

Published in Philosophy East and West. 2019, vol. 69, no. 2
Abstract Several philosophers, both in Buddhist and Western philosophy, claim that the self does not exist. The no-self view may, at first glance, appear to be a reason to believe that life is meaningless. In the present article, I argue indirectly in favor of the no-self view by showing that it does not entail that life is meaningless. I then examine Buddhism and argue, further, that the no-self view may even be construed as partially grounding an account of the meaning of life.
Keywords Eliminativism about the selfNo-self viewMeaning of lifeNihilismExistentialismBuddhism
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LE BIHAN, Baptiste. The No-Self View and the Meaning of Life. In: Philosophy East and West, 2019, vol. 69, n° 2. doi: 10.1353/pew.0.0157 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:110576

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