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1

We cannot infer identity or person from the use of names or labels

P1: Names are conceptual terms that do not necessarily reflect ultimate reality.
C: We cannot infer identity or person from the use of names or labels (i.e. ā€˜Iā€™).

2

We are not a fixed self, but a process

P1: The essential elements of a being are the skandhas.
P2: The skandhas are in a constant state of flux.
C: We are not a fixed self, but a process.

3

No essential self can be apprehended

P1: When the Skandhas are present, the denomination Nagasena occurs.
P2: The denomination is not a reflection of ultimate reality, due to annica.
P3: Acceptance of annica leads us to annata, in that there is no persistent self over time.

C: No essential self can be apprehended.

4

There is no continuity of self through rebirth

P1. At rebirth, one dharma arises, while the other stops, but the two processes take place almost simultaneously.
P2: Our existence is thus characterised by a collocation of successive dharmas.
P3: Each act of consciousness is neither the same as the previous one, not completely separate from it.
P4: Our existence is a continuous process of connected (but not identical) acts of consciousness
C: There is no continuity of self through rebirth.

5

Moral responsibility is preserved in the doctrine of non-self through dharma and samsara

P1: All of our conscious acts are connected through dharma.
P2: Despite the fact we not persist as an unchanging self over time, we are not separate from our acts of consciousness due to samsara.
P3: We cannot be absolved from our evil deeds.
C: Moral responsibility is preserved in the doctrine of non-self through dharma and samsara.

6

We cannot infer identity or person from the use of names or labels EVAL

Is there personal responsibility? Problematic implications for morality? I guess there's karma.

Reveals the error that can occur when we believe the label we ascribe to something does not always reflect reality itself.

7

We are not a fixed self, but a process EVAL

Accounts for changes in self, self as a process in flux, development.

8

No essential self can be apprehended EVAL

Allows for the good life in the sense that it liberates us from the burden of positing a single ego. We recognise the self as an illusion, and thus, ease our suffering.

9

There is no continuity of self through rebirth EVAL

Yep. This is coherent within the belief system that they are operating within.

10

Moral responsibility is preserved in the doctrine of non-self through dharma and samsara EVAL

Kharma saves us.