Attention to greatness: Buddhaghosa

Jonardon Ganeri

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§To count as a great, a philosopher must rethink a past intellectual history in such a way that the landscape is irrevocably altered. The fifth-century philosopher Buddhaghosa influenced conceptions of the human throughout South and Southeast Asia for a millennium and a half, and continues to do so today. I will give three examples of his greatness: as the founder of a distinct stance in philosophy, Attentionalism; as transforming an ancient metaphor in order to provide a new understanding of human agency; and as providing a sophisticated analysis of our engagement with each other in the social world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWhat makes a Philosopher Great?
Subtitle of host publicationThirteen Arguments for Twelve Philosophers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781317386841
ISBN (Print)9781138936157
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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