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Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Meditation

Edited by: Rick Repetti

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367647469
eBook ISBN: 9781003127253
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003127253
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Book description

This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the state of the field of the philosophy of meditation and engages primarily in the philosophical assessment of the merits of meditation practices.



This Handbook unites novel and original scholarship from 28 leading Asian and Western philosophers, scientists, theologians, and other scholars on the philosophical assessment of meditation. It critically assesses the conceptual and empirical validity of meditation, its philosophical implications, its legitimacy as a phenomenological research tool, its potential value as an aid to neuroscience research, its many practical benefits, and, among other considerations, its possibly misleading interpretations, applications, and consequences.



Following the introduction by the editor, the Handbook’s chapters are organized in six parts:



• Meditation and philosophy



• Meditation and epistemology



• Meditation and metaphysics



• Meditation and values



• Meditation and phenomenology



• Meditation in Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions





A distinctive, timely, and invaluable reference work, it marks the emergence of a new discipline therein, the philosophy of meditation. The book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience in the fields of philosophy, meditation, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, theology, and Asian and Western philosophy. It will serve as the textbook in any philosophy course on meditation, and as secondary reading in courses in philosophy of mind, consciousness, selfhood/personhood, metaphysics, or phenomenology, thereby helping to restore philosophy as a way of life.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Skeptical doubts about meditation as philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The philosophy of meditation Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Meditation and the paradox of self-consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The relation between meditation and analytic philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Engaging metacognitive practices Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Differences and interaction between meditative cultivation and philosophical thought/insight in early and Theravāda Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The necessity of meditation in Upaniṣadic turīya and Yogācāra amala vijñana  Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Meditation, nonconceptuality, and the reflexive structure of consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The experience of presence Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Meditation as cultivating knowledge-how Download PDF
Chapter  11:  How meditation changes the brain Download PDF
Chapter  12:  How a philosophy of meditation can explore the deep connections between mindfulness and contemplative wisdom Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Psychedelics and meditation Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Philosophy without a philosopher Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Meditative experience and the plasticity of self-experience Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The self Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Control, anxiety, and the progressive detachment from the self Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Is there a Global Norm in favor of Global Attentiveness? Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Meditation in the context of a naturalized eudaimonic Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The phenomenology of meditation Download PDF
Chapter  21:  What is meditation good for? Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Bare attention, dereification, and meta-awareness in mindfulness Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Consciousness, content, and cognitive attenuation Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Prosochê as Stoic mindfulness Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The philosophical presuppositions of Christian meditation Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The end of man Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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