Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy

2014.09.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew R. Dasti and Edwin F. Bryant (eds.), Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2014,
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2014.09.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew R. Dasti and Edwin F. Bryant (eds.), Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2014, 312pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199922758. Reviewed by Christopher Bartley, University of Liverpool This is a fine collection of learned essays replete with translations from primary sources, but a sense of frustration may be induced in the reader attracted by the book's title. Most of the contributors admit that the topics of free will, agency and selfhood as understood in the West today don't really have equivalents in the Indian traditions of thought and practice under consideration. Some people are lucky enough to have as much freedom as we really need, while others are victims of forms of psychological, social and political oppression. Free will became a problem in response to certain theories that threaten what Bernard Williams called a deep metaphysical notion of the. . .

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