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John Plass - Buddhist Meditation and the Science of Subjectivity

John Plass - Buddhist Meditation and the Science of Subjectivity

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UDDHIST
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EDITATION ANDTHE
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CIENCE OF
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UBJECTIVITY
 
J
OHN
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LASS
 
J
UNE
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2012
 
 
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ABSTRACT
Since its beginnings, experimental psychology has maintained strong epistemic doubt
about the accuracy and scientific validity of “first
-
person” accounts of s
ubjective experience.However, over the last few decades, as questions regarding the relationship betweenneurocognitive processes and subjective experience have proliferated in the psychologicalsciences and philosophy of mind, so too have calls for the incorporation of scientificallyrigorous methods for the direct analysis of subjective experience into the cognitive sciences.Recent arguments for such integration have called into question
experimental psychology’s
continued epistemic doubt about subjects
’ knowledge of their mental states
by pointing to thepotential value and epistemic validity of rigorous approaches to the observation and analysis ofexperience such as those provided by Husserlian phenomenology and Buddhist meditativetechniques. The theoretical underpinnings of both Husserlian phenomenology and Buddhistmeditative techniques each contain their own justificatory reasoning for and methods for theverification of the epistemic validity of knowledge gained from the rigorous observation ofexperience. However, the question of the compatibility of these epistemic frameworks with thatespoused by the cognitive sciences is a complex one.Therefore, in the following discussion and analysis, we will discuss the variousapproaches which have been suggested for incorporating Husserlian phenomenology andBuddhist meditative techniques into the cognitive sciences in a manner which is both

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