How have Buddhist philosophers distinguished between self and subject? In the following lecture, Georges B. J. Dreyfus (professor of Religion at Williams College) explores the idea of the subject—not as an objective self-entity—but as process of self-awareness.
In what is perhaps best described as a work of "fusion philosophy," Dreyfus presents his case within a phenomenologically informed perspective that considers the philosophical ideas of Edmund Husserl, as well as contemporary thinkers like Dan Zahavi, Miri Albahari, and the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio.
The title of this lecture is "Self, Consciousness & Subjectivity: A Preliminary Buddhist Account" and it was delievered to the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy at Columbia University on the 25th of January, 2008. The philosopher Mark Siderits (Chair of the University Seminar on Comparative Philosophy) introduced and responded to Professor Dreyfus' lecture.
This podcast was produced by the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy.
See also "The Reflective Self" >>
(A panel discussion with Georges Dreyfus, Dan Zahavi, Evan Thompson, & John Dunne.)