Review Questions For 3.3

1. Copy down the Buddha’s first argument for the doctrine of non-self—i.e. the argument from impermanence. How does the Buddha use the words ‘permanent’ and ‘impermanent’ in this argument?

2. After setting out the Buddha’s argument, Siderits goes on to question each of the premises. What two reasons does he give in support of premise one?

3. Recapitulate the comparison your author makes between the view of the Buddha and the position of eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher David Hume concerning the self.

4. Explain as best as you can the doctrine of dependent origination. What role does this doctrine play in the Buddhist argument for the doctrine of non-self?

5. What is the Principle of Lightness? How is it used to resolve the objection from permanent volitions and in defense of premise 5 of the argument from impermanence?

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