Resentment and reality: Buddhism on moral responsibility

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Although Indian Buddhist texts never explicitly confront the problem of free will and determinism, there are passages in many of these texts that deal with related issues. On the basis of such passages, I construct a Buddhist position on free will that stems from views that many different Buddhist groups hold in common. Since Indian Buddhists rejected belief in a self, explicitly endorsed determinism, and held that anger and resentment are always inappropriate, their views on these issues were close to those of Western hard determinists. I discuss, and reject, conflicting interpretations offered by Mark Siderits and Paul Griffiths.

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