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Consciousness and Consciousness of Self
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Consciousness and Consciousness of Self

Consciousness and Consciousness of Self

A course with John Peacock

Date:
TBA

Venue:
The Karuna Institute, Natsworthy Manor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TR

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Course Description:

Perhaps still the greatest mystery in psychology and cognitive science is what it is to be a human being. Clearly we are animal creatures with animal bodies and animal desires and appetites. Equally clearly we are beings with a self-conscious interiority, able to think of ourselves as ourselves. Influential depictions of our humanity both within science and religion have begun to seem increasingly untenable. Yet, at the very centre of any discussion about our lives and humanity is the nature of consciousness and self-consciousness and how understanding these influences the ways that we live. Throughout this course we will examine approaches to the nature of consciousness and self-consciousness and how our understanding of these shapes our character, lives and ethics. As a central theme throughout our examinations will be the Buddhist notion of anatt?, or 'not-self.'

John Peacock:

John Peacock


Is both an academic and Buddhist practitioner for over forty-five years. He studied Buddhist thought and practice in both India and Sri Lanka eventually returning to study philosophy back in the UK. He was Director of Sharpham College near Totnes Devon and taught Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. At the invitation of Mark Williams he formed part of the team setting-up the Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy at The University of Oxford. Upon Mark's retirement he became co-Director of the programme. Throughout, his academic work has run a parallel course with teaching the practical dimensions of Buddhism both in the UK and internationally.

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