Buddhist Hard Determinism: No Self, No Free Will, No Responsibility

Journal of Buddhist Ethics 19:130-197 (2012)
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A critical review of Charles Goodman's view about Buddhism and free will to the effect that Buddhism is hard determinist, basically because he thinks Buddhist causation is definitively deterministic, and he thinks determinism is definitively incompatible with free will, but especially because he thinks Buddhism is equally definitively clear on the non-existence of a self, from which he concludes there cannot be an autonomous self.

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Rick Repetti
Kingsborough Community College (CUNY)


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