The No-self Theory: Hume, Buddhism, and Personal Identity

@article{Giles1993TheNT,
  title={The No-self Theory: Hume, Buddhism, and Personal Identity},
  author={James Giles},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  year={1993},
  volume={43},
  pages={175}
}
  • James Giles
  • Published 1 April 1993
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
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