Is this me?A story about personal identity from the Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa / Dà zhìdù lùn

  title={Is this me?A story about personal identity from the Mahāpraj{\~n}āpāramitopadeśa / D{\`a} zh{\`i}d{\`u} l{\`u}n},
  author={Jing Huang and Jonardon Ganeri},
  journal={British Journal for the History of Philosophy},
  pages={739 - 762}
  • Jing Huang, J. Ganeri
  • Published 4 March 2021
  • Philosophy
  • British Journal for the History of Philosophy
ABSTRACT In a Buddhist treatise from around the fourth century CE there is a very remarkable story which serves as a thought experiment calling us to question the nature of self and the identity of persons. Lost in Sanskrit, the passage is fortunately preserved in a Chinese translation, the Dà zhìdù lùn. We here present the first reliable translation directly from the Classical Chinese, and discuss the philosophical significance of the story in its historical and literary context. We emphasise… 
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