Review Questions For 3.4-3.5

1. Section 3.4 deals with the argument from control, a second argument for the doctrine of non-self. In order to understand this argument, one has to understand the ideas of the ‘executive function’ and the Anti-Reflexivity Principle. Explain both of these ideas.

2. Copy down the argument from control. What suspicion about this argument does your author raise, and how does that suspicion translate into a challenge to the exhaustiveness claim?

3. Outline the Buddhist strategy developed by your author for answering the challenge to the exhaustiveness claim.

4. Section 3.5 concerns the Milindapañha—a Buddhist dialogue that presents a third argument in favor of the doctrine of non-self involving names. This argument turns crucially on the notion of a ‘convenient designator’. Explain this notion as best you can.

5. Explain the idea of a ‘conceptual fiction’. What objection is this idea supposed to answer for the Buddhist? How does the idea of conceptual fictions relate to that of convenient designators? How is it that both Milinda’s chariot and the average college student are both conceptual fictions?

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