Mindfulness & Autonomy: Buddhist Theory of Free Will

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
User avatar
Posts: 466
Joined: Sat May 02, 2009 3:44 am

Mindfulness & Autonomy: Buddhist Theory of Free Will

Postby Nibbida » Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:37 pm

An interesting talk on the topic:

http://www.youtube.com/user/aaaricuny#p ... aHtmm46OP0

The introductory explanation for the talk:
"I argued in my dissertation that the 'hard' metaphysical problem of free will may be explained in simple, metaphysically 'easy' causal/functional terms as a product of the mechanics of metacognitive mental causation: There seems to be a causal connection between the extent to which the mind can "go meta-", or loop back in reflectively on its own processes (e.g., think about its thoughts, prefer its desires, etc.), and self-regulation (autonomy, free will), evident in sensory-motor agility, biofeedback, and a host of related phenomena of an equally mundane nature.

The present research explores two new directions to this line of thought: (1) the extent to which mindfulness and other meditation practices increase self-regulation or autonomy, and (2) the extent to which one may develop a cogent version of a Buddhist theory of free will based on these ideas.

User avatar
Posts: 329
Joined: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:35 am
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, US

Re: Mindfulness & Autonomy: Buddhist Theory of Free Will

Postby Sobeh » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:46 pm

Interesting, but I'm unable to locate the remain 5/6ths of the talk.

Return to “General Theravāda discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: davidbrainerd and 48 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine