Review Questions For 3.1-3.2

1. What do Buddhists mean by the ‘self’? What does it mean for someone to have a ‘self’ on the Buddhist account?

2. What is the difference between qualitative and numerical identity? Which kind of identity is necessary for the existence of selves?

3. What difficulties does your author raise for the notion that the self is that which “sets a person apart from all others”?

4. Expalin the doctrine of the five skandhas in detail. What is this doctrine supposed to explain?

5. How does the Buddha use the doctrine of the five skandhas? Your author claims that, in order for the Buddha’s strategy to work, one must also accept the “exhaustiveness claim”. Explain this claim and the role it plays in the Buddha’s strategy for establishing the doctrine of non-self.

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