Buddhism Is Also Wrong About This

A fundamental assumption that colors everything

Douglas Giles, PhD
5 min readAug 14, 2023

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A reader kindly pointed out to me that I need to amend two earlier articles with some background information. Good point, which I much appreciate, so I will. The two articles in question are ones in which I discussed the Buddhist doctrines that our self and our thoughts are illusions.

I also wrote a compendium of articles on the importance of acknowledging the reality that we have a self.

But these mistaken doctrines about the self and thought and the corresponding desire to negate the unnegatable are actually symptoms of a fundamental assumption of Buddhism. The mistaken reasoning is an example of how an argument can be valid — the…

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Douglas Giles, PhD

Philosopher by trade & temperament, professor for 21 years, bringing philosophy out of its ivory tower and into everyday life. https://linktr.ee/dgilesphd