Philosophy 224. Expanding the Concept: Pt. 2. Taylor takes as his starting point the buddhist doctrine of anatta : that the “ self, ” understood as an inner, enduring phenomenon, is an illusion. As he recognizes, this doctrine stands in sharp contrast to much of western thought.
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Expanding the Concept: Pt. 2
There is a symmetry then that Menkiti points to between the lack of personhood of very young people and very old ancestors. Neither of them have a place in the community of persons.
After drawing these contrasts, Menkiti returns to his discussions of the processual and communal character of personhood to help us avoid potential confusion.