Owen Flanagan/ Kristina Musholt

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Wednesday 11 January 2012, 6.30-8.00pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Many Westerners with spiritual (but not religious) inclinations are attracted to Buddhism. But Buddhism is hardly naturalistic. Atheistic when it comes to a creator god, Buddhism is otherwise opulently polytheistic, with spirits, protector deities, ghosts, and evil spirits. Its beliefs include karma, rebirth, nirvana, and nonphysical states of mind. Can we subtract these elements from Buddhism and thereby discover a comprehensive philosophy that is compatible with the rest of knowledge and can point us to a path of human flourishing?