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  1. The theory of personality is very similar, it is, in general, not the discovery of Gopnik at all, here is a long-standing article on this topic: uky.edu

    There is also a popular book by Julian Baggini, The Ego Trick, where he, together with the Buddhist Stephen Batchelor, examines the differences and similarities.

  2. The best research on “Hume and Buddhism” (and a very recent one at that) is a short popular text by Alison Gopnik, which can be found here theatlantic.com

    Humorists, however, as far as I understand, are rather skeptical about the ideas expressed in it. The idea is beautiful, but there is practically no actual confirmation of the defended theses.

  3. I wanted to say, ” Yes, of course there is.”.

    But the question was asked incorrectly.

    Buddhas do not teach “Buddhism”, Buddhas teach the dhamma (dharma), which is manifested everywhere, always, at any time, and the wise see it, understand it, and expound it.

    The basic universal laws, the properties of life in any place, in any society, at any time are available for understanding. And many people see the dhamma in one way or another, and follow it intuitively, and try to formulate it in words. Including Yum. And this is not some “other dhamma”, but the very thing that the Buddha taught.

    If you're talking about whether Hume saw any Buddhist texts, I doubt it, but I can't say for sure, Europe's connections with South Asia were already very tight, and trade with China was constant, but philosophers-scientists have not yet taken up serious adaptation (well, I don't really know, you need to look for early publications in libraries, in English-French-German-Portuguese).

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