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    Hindu Ethics: A Philosophical Study.Roy W. Perrett - 1998 - University of Hawaii Press.
    "This philosophical study offers a representation of the logical structure of classical Hindu ethics and argues for the availability of at least the core of this ethical system to Westerners."--Page [4] Cover.
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    Regarding Immortality: ROY W. PERRETT.Roy W. Perrett - 1986 - Religious Studies 22 (2):219-233.
    Would personal immortality have any value for one so endowed? An affirmative answer would seem so obvious to some that they might be tempted to go so far as to claim that immortality is a condition of life's having any value at all. The claim that immortality is a necessary condition for the meaningfulness of life seems untenable. What, however, of the claim that immortality is a sufficient condition for the meaningfulness of life? Though some might hold this to be (...)
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    An Introduction to Indian Philosophy.Roy W. Perrett - 2016 - Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
    This wide-ranging introduction to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous without being too technical for beginners. Through detailed explorations of the full range of Indian philosophical concerns, including some metaphilosophical issues, it provides readers with non-Western perspectives on central areas of philosophy, including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. Chapters are structured thematically, with each including suggestions for further reading. This provides readers with an informed overview, whilst enabling them to focus on particular topics if (...)
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    Buddhist idealism and the problem of other minds.Roy W. Perrett - 2017 - Asian Philosophy 27 (1):59-68.
    This essay is concerned with Indian Yogācāra philosophers’ treatment of the problem of other minds in the face of a threatened collapse into solipsism suggested by Vasubandhu’s epistemological argument for idealism. I discuss the attempts of Dharmakīrti and Ratnakīrti to address this issue, concluding that Dharmakīrti is best seen as addressing the epistemological problem of other minds and Ratnakīrti as addressing the conceptual problem of other minds.
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    Death and immortality.Roy W. Perrett - 1987 - Hingham, MA: Distributors for the U.S. and Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    INTRODUCTION In The World as Will and Representation Schopenhauer writes: Death is the real inspiring genius or Musagetes of philosophy, and for this reason ...
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    Intentionality and self-awareness.Roy W. Perrett - 2003 - Ratio 16 (3):222-235.
    In this essay I defend both the individual plausibility and conjoint consistency of two theses. One is the Intentionality Thesis: that all mental states are intentional . The other is the Self-Awareness Thesis: that if a subject is aware of an object, then the subject is also aware of being aware of that object. I begin by arguing for the individual prima facie plausibility of both theses. I then go on to consider a regress argument to the effect that the (...)
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    Confrontations with the Reaper: a Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death.The Metaphysics of Death.Roy W. Perrett - 1995 - Philosophical Quarterly 45 (179):234-236.
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    Evil and Human Nature.Roy W. Perrett - 2002 - The Monist 85 (2):304-19.
    One familiar philosophical use of the term ‘evil’ just contrasts it with ‘good’, i.e., something is an evil if it is a bad thing, one of life’s “minuses.” This is the sense of ‘evil’ that is used in posing the traditional theological problem of evil, though it is customary there to distinguish between moral evils and natural evils. Moral evils are those bad things that are caused by moral agents; natural evils are those bad things that are not caused by (...)
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    Regarding Immortality.Roy W. Perrett - 1986 - Religious Studies 22 (2):219 - 233.
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    Evil and Human Nature.Roy W. Perrett - 2002 - The Monist 85 (2):304-319.
    One familiar philosophical use of the term ‘evil’ just contrasts it with ‘good’, i.e., something is an evil if it is a bad thing, one of life’s “minuses.” This is the sense of ‘evil’ that is used in posing the traditional theological problem of evil, though it is customary there to distinguish between moral evils and natural evils. Moral evils are those bad things that are caused by moral agents; natural evils are those bad things that are not caused by (...)
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    Rebirth: ROY W. PERRETT.Roy W. Perrett - 1987 - Religious Studies 23 (1):41-57.
    Traditional Western conceptions of immortality characteristically presume that we come into existence at a particular time , live out our earthly span and then die. According to some, our death may then be followed by a deathless post-mortem existence. In other words, it is assumed that we are born only once and die only once; and that – at least on some accounts – we are future-sempiternal creatures. The Western secular tradition affirms at least ; the Western religious tradition – (...)
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    Is whatever exists knowable and nameable?Roy W. Perrett - 1999 - Philosophy East and West 49 (4):401-414.
    Naiyāyikas are fond of a slogan, which often appears as a kind of motto in their texts: "Whatever exists is knowable and nameable." What does this mean? Is it true? The first part of this essay offers a brief explication of this important Nyāya thesis; the second part argues that, given certain plausible assumptions, the thesis is demonstrably false.
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    Taking life and the argument from potentiality.Roy W. Perrett - 2000 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 (1):186–197.
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    The problem of induction in indian philosophy.Roy W. Perrett - 1984 - Philosophy East and West 34 (2):161-174.
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  15. The Analogical Argument for Animal Pain.Roy W. Perrett - 1997 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (1):49-58.
    Philosophical defenders of animal liberation believe that we have direct duties to animals. Typically a presumption of that belief is that animals have the capacity to experience pain and suffering. Notoriously, however, a strand of Western scientific and philosophical thought has held animals to be incapable of experiencing pain, and even today one frequently encounters in discussions of animal liberation expressions of scepticism about whether animals really experience pain. -/- The Analogical Argument for Animal Pain responds to this scepticism by (...)
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  16. Personal identity, minimalism, and madhyamaka.Roy W. Perrett - 2002 - Philosophy East and West 52 (3):373-385.
    The publication of Derek Parfit's Reasons and Persons in 1984 revived and reshaped the debate on personal identity in Western philosophy. Not only does Parfit argue forcefully and ingeniously for a revisionary Reductionist theory of persons and their diachronic identity, but he also draws radical normative inferences from such a theory. Along the way he also mentions Indian Buddhist parallels to his own Reductionist theory. Some of these parallels are explored here, while particular attention is also paid to the supposed (...)
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    Valuing Lives.Roy W. Perrett - 2007 - Bioethics 6 (3):185-200.
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    Rebirth.Roy W. Perrett - 1987 - Religious Studies 23 (1):41 - 57.
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    Tolstoy, Death and the Meaning of Life.Roy W. Perrett - 1985 - Philosophy 60 (232):231-245.
    Questions about the meaning of life have traditionally been regarded as being of particular concern to philosophers. It is sometimes complained that contemporary analytic philosophy fails to address such questions, but there do exist illuminating recent discussions of these questions by analytic philosophers.1Perhaps what lurks behind the complaint is a feeling that these discussions are insufficiently close to actual living situations and hence often seem rather thin and bland compared with the vivid portrayals of such situations in autobiography or fiction. (...)
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    Valuing lives.Roy W. Perrett - 1992 - Bioethics 6 (3):185–200.
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    Justice, Ethics, and New Zealand Society.Graham Oddie & Roy W. Perrett (eds.) - 1992 - Oxford University Press.
    What is sovereignty? Was it ceded to the Crown in the Treaty of Waitangi? If land was unjustly confiscated over a century ago, should it be returned? Is an ecosystem valuable in itself, or only because of its value to people? Does a property right entail a right to destroy? Can collectives (such as tribes) bear moral responsibility? Do they have moral rights? If so, what are the implications for the justice system? These questions are essentially philosophical, yet all thoughtful (...)
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  22. Virtue ethics and maori ethics.Roy W. Perrett & John Patterson - 1991 - Philosophy East and West 41 (2):185-202.
  23. Buddhism, abortion and the middle way.Roy W. Perrett - 2000 - Asian Philosophy 10 (2):101 – 114.
    What have modern Buddhist ethicists to say about abortion and is there anything to be learned from it? A number of writers have suggested that Buddhism (particularly Japanese Buddhism) does indeed have something important to offer here: a response to the dilemma of abortion that is a 'middle way' between the pro-choice and pro-life extremes that have polarised the western debate. I discuss what this suggestion might amount to and present a defence of its plausibility.
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    History, time, and knowledge in ancient india.Roy W. Perrett - 1999 - History and Theory 38 (3):307–321.
    The lack of interest in history in ancient India has often been noted and contrasted with the situation in China and the West. Notwithstanding the vast body of Indian literature in other fields, there is a remarkable dearth of historical writing in the period before the Muslim conquest and an associated indifference to historiography. Various explanations have been offered for this curious phenomenon, some of which appeal to the supposed currency of certain Indian philosophical theories. This essay critically examines such (...)
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  25. Indian Philosophy of Religion.Roy W. Perrett - 1993 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 34 (1):62-64.
     
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    Musical unity and sentential unity.Roy W. Perrett - 1999 - British Journal of Aesthetics 39 (2):97-111.
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  27. Tolstoy, Death and the Meaning of Life.Roy W. Perrett - 1985 - Philosophy 60 (232):231-245.
    Questions about the meaning of life have traditionally been regarded as being of particular concern to philosophers. It is sometimes complained that contemporary analytic philosophy fails to address such questions, but there do exist illuminating recent discussions of these questions by analytic philosophers.1Perhaps what lurks behind the complaint is a feeling that these discussions are insufficiently close to actual living situations and hence often seem rather thin and bland compared with the vivid portrayals of such situations in autobiography or fiction. (...)
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    The unreality of words.Roy W. Perrett - 2023 - Synthese 201 (1):1-18.
    Philosophers of language and linguists need to be wary of generalizing from too small a sample of natural languages. They also need to be wary of neglecting possible insights from philosophical traditions that have focused on natural languages other than the most familiar Western ones. Take, for example, classical Indian philosophy, where philosophical concerns with language were very much involved with the early development of Sanskrit linguistics. Indian philosophers and linguists frequently discussed more general issues about semantics, often in ways (...)
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    A note on the navya-nyāya account of number.Roy W. Perrett - 1985 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 13 (3):227-234.
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  30. Buddhism, euthanasia and the sanctity of life.Roy W. Perrett - 1996 - Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (5):309-13.
    Damien and John Keown claim that there is important common ground between Buddhism and Christianity on the issue of euthanasia and that both traditions oppose it for similar reasons in order to espouse a "sanctity of life" position. I argue that the appearance of consensus is partly created by their failure to specify clearly enough certain key notions in the argument: particularly Buddhism, euthanasia and the sanctity of life. Once this is done, the Keowns' central claims can be seen to (...)
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    Computationality, Mind and Value: the case of S¯mkhya-Yoga.Roy W. Perrett - 2001 - Asian Philosophy 11 (1):5-14.
    Associated with the successful development of computer technology has been an increasing acceptance of computational theories of the mind. But such theories also seem to close the gap between ourselves and machines, threatening traditional notions of our special value as non-physical conscious minds. Prima facie, Sāmkhya-Yoga - the oldest school of classical Indian philosophy, with its dualism between purusa and prakrti - seems a case in point. However, Sāmkhya-Yoga dualism is not straightforwardly a mind-body dualism and in order to understand (...)
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    Libertarianism, feminism, and relative identity.Roy W. Perrett - 2000 - Journal of Value Inquiry 34 (4):383-395.
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    Preferring more pain to less.Roy W. Perrett - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 93 (2):213-226.
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    Simultaneity and God's timelessness.Graham Oddie & Roy W. Perrett - 1992 - Sophia 31 (1-2):123-127.
  35. Ineffability, signification and the meaning of life.Roy W. Perrett - 2010 - Philosophical Papers 39 (2):239-255.
    There is an apparent tension between two familiar platitudes about the meaning of life: (i) that 'meaning' in this context means 'value', and (ii) that such meaning might be ineffable. I suggest a way of trying to bring these two claims together by focusing on an ideal of a meaningful life that fuses both the axiological and semantic senses of 'significant'. This in turn allows for the possibility that the full significance of a life might be ineffable not because its (...)
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    Studies in Buddhist Philosophy by Mark Siderits.Roy W. Perrett - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 68 (1):1-5.
    Over the last few decades Mark Siderits has established himself as a leading philosophical interpreter of Indian Buddhist philosophy. He has published widely in this field, but three of his books are particularly well known: his Personal Identity and Buddhist Philosophy, a self-styled "essay in fusion philosophy"; his introductory textbook Buddhism as Philosophy ; and–with Shōryū Katsura–his translation and commentary, Nāgārjuna's Middle Way: Mūlamadhyamakakārikā. Taken together, these three books offer a fuller sense of Siderits' philosophical concerns with Buddhism. The concern (...)
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  37. Indigenous rights and environmental justice.Roy W. Perrett - 1998 - Environmental Ethics 20 (4):377-391.
    The modern environmental movement has a tradition of respect for indigenous cultures and many environmentalists believe that there are important ecological lessons to be learned from studying the traditional life styles of indigenous peoples. More recently, however, some environmentalists have become more sceptical. This scepticism has been sharpened by current concerns with the cause of indigenous rights. Indigenous peoples have repeatedly insisted on their rights to pursue traditional practices or to develop their lands, even when the exercise of these rights (...)
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    Compassion and Moral Guidance, by Steve Bein: Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013, pp. xvii + 226, US$45.00.Roy W. Perrett - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (1):211-212.
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    Computationality, mind and value: The case of sāmkhya-yoga.Roy W. Perrett - 2001 - Asian Philosophy 11 (1):5 – 14.
    Associated with the successful development of computer technology has been an increasing acceptance of computational theories of the mind. But such theories also seem to close the gap between ourselves and machines, threatening traditional notions of our special value as non-physical conscious minds. Prima facie, Sāmkhya-Yoga - the oldest school of classical Indian philosophy, with its dualism between purusa ('self', 'consciousness') and prakrti ('nature', 'matter') - seems a case in point. However, Sāmkhya-Yoga dualism is not straightforwardly a mind-body dualism and (...)
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    Dualistic and nondualistic problems of immortality.Roy W. Perrett - 1985 - Philosophy East and West 35 (4):333-350.
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    Essence and Emptiness.Roy W. Perrett - 2015 - In Koji Tanaka, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield & Graham Priest (eds.), The Moon Points Back. Oxford University Press USA.
    Madhyamaka Buddhism is famously centered on the doctrine of emptiness, often glossed as the view that there are no essences. This chapter addresses two interrelated questions about that doctrine. First, is the Madhyamaka doctrine of essencelessness more plausibly to be regarded as a necessary or a contingent truth? Second, is the doctrine of essencelessness in contradiction with the views of those prominent Mādhyamikas who also claim that essencelessness is the essence of all things? The chapter argues that the Madhyamaka doctrine (...)
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  42. Epistemology: Indian Philosophy.Roy W. Perrett (ed.) - 2001 - New York: Routledge.
    First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
     
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    Future generations and the metaphysics of the self: Western and indian philosophical perspectives.Roy W. Perrett - 2003 - Asian Philosophy 13 (1):29 – 37.
    Our present actions can have effects on future generations - affecting not only the environment they will inherit, but even perhaps their very existence. This raises a number of important moral issues, many of which have only recently received serious philosophical attention. I begin by discussing some contemporary Western philosophical perspectives on the problem of our obligations to future generations, and then go on to consider how these approaches might relate to the classical Indian philosophical tradition. Although the Indian commitment (...)
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    History, Time, and Knowledge in Ancient India.Roy W. Perrett - 1999 - History and Theory 38 (3):307-321.
    The lack of interest in history in ancient India has often been noted and contrasted with the situation in China and the West. Notwithstanding the vast body of Indian literature in other fields, there is a remarkable dearth of historical writing in the period before the Muslim conquest and an associated indifference to historiography. Various explanations have been offered for this curious phenomenon, some of which appeal to the supposed currency of certain Indian philosophical theories. This essay critically examines such (...)
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    Instrumentalist Interpretations of Hindu Environmental Ethics.Roy W. Perrett - 2018 - Sophia 57 (4):661-668.
    Many environmental ethicists believe that any adequate environmental ethic should attribute ‘direct moral standing’ to plants, animals, and the rest of nature. But certain interpretations of Hindu environmental ethics apparently attribute only instrumental value to nature. This places them in direct conflict with the purported adequacy condition on an environmental ethic. So, is such a Hindu ethical view really inadequate? In his recent book Hinduism and Environmental Ethics, Christopher Framarin claims that it is because Hindu instrumentalism about nature is either (...)
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    Indigenous language rights and political theory: The case of te reo māori.Roy W. Perrett - 2000 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78 (3):405 – 417.
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    Indian philosophy: a collection of readings.Roy W. Perrett (ed.) - 2001 - New York: Garland.
    1. Epistemology -- 2. Logic and philosophy of language -- 3. Metaphysics -- 4. Philosophy of religion -- 5. Theory of value.
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    Logic and philosophy of language.Roy W. Perrett (ed.) - 2001 - New York: Garland.
    This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable (...)
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  49. Metaphysics: Indian Philosophy.Roy W. Perrett (ed.) - 2000 - New York: Routledge.
    First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
     
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    Personal Identity, Reductionism and the Necessity of Origins.Roy W. Perrett & Charles Barton - 1999 - Erkenntnis 51 (2-3):277-294.
    A thought that we all entertain at some time or other is that the course of our lives might have been very different from the way they in fact have been, with the consequence that we might have been rather different sorts of persons than we actually are. A less common, but prima facie intelligible thought is that we might never have existed at all, though someone rather like us did. Arguably, any plausible theory of personal identity should be able (...)
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