Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy

Paperback | January 2, 2014

EditorMatthew R. Dasti, Edwin F. Bryant

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Indian thought is well known for diverse philosophical and contemplative excursions into the nature of selfhood. Led by Buddhists and the yoga traditions of Hinduism and Jainism, Indian thinkers have engaged in a rigorous analysis and reconceptualization of our common notion of self. Lessunderstood is the way in which such theories of self intersect with issues involving agency and free will; yet such intersections are profoundly important, as all major schools of Indian thought recognize that moral goodness and religious fulfillment depend on the proper understanding of personalagency. Moreover, their individual conceptions of agency and freedom are typically nodes by which an entire school's epistemological, ethical, and metaphysical perspectives come together as a systematic whole.Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy explores the contours of this issue, from the perspectives of the major schools of Indian thought. With new essays by leading specialists in each field, this volume provides rigorous analysis of the network of issues surrounding agency and freedomas developed within Indian thought.

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Indian thought is well known for diverse philosophical and contemplative excursions into the nature of selfhood. Led by Buddhists and the yoga traditions of Hinduism and Jainism, Indian thinkers have engaged in a rigorous analysis and reconceptualization of our common notion of self. Lessunderstood is the way in which such theories of ...

Matthew R. Dasti is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University. Edwin F. Bryant is Professor of Hindu Religion and Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsContributorsIntroduction1. Edwin F. Bryant: Agency in Samkhya and Yoga2. Karin Meyers: Free Persons, Empty Selves3. Christopher Key Chapple: Free Will and Volunteerism in Jainism4. George Cardona: Paninian Grammarians on Agency and Independence5. Matthew R. Dasti: Nyaya's Self as Agent and Knower6. Elisa Freschi: Freedom Because of Duty7. Jay L. Garfield: Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose8. Sthaneshwar Timalsina: Self, Causation, and Agency in the Advaita of Sankara9. The Linguistics and Cosmology of Agency in Nondual Kashmiri Saiva Thought10. Martin Ganeri: Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Ramanuja11. David Buchta: Dependent Agency and Hierarchical Determinism in the Theology of Madhva12. Satyanarayana Dasa and Jonathan B. Edelmann: Agency in the Gaudiya Vaisnava TraditionIndex