Book Notice: Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy

Friends, please forgive the shameless self-promotion. The volume that Edwin Bryant and I have edited, Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy, has just been released by Oxford University Press.

The origin of the book lies in conversations that Edwin and I used to have when I was an undergraduate at Rutgers. We’d puzzle over the question of agency and free will for Indian thinkers, (esp. within Samkhya and Vedanta) given their penchant for deconstructing the self and assigning the functions of the empirical agent to various sub-personal processes. When I became a professor in my own right, our conversations continued, and we decided to put forth a volume on the topic, with responses to the question of agency from various leading schools. I am very pleased with it, having reread much of it recently. It includes excellent contributions from many brilliant scholars, including our own Elisa Freschi.

The table of contents is here.

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About Matthew Dasti

Matthew R. Dasti is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University.

2 Replies to “Book Notice: Free Will, Agency, and Selfhood in Indian Philosophy”

  1. Many thanks, Manyul!

    Indeed, we were very happy that they offered to release it in paperback.

    As (an admittedly non-specialist) enthusiast and occasional teacher of Chinese thought, I look forward to your *Exploring Chinese Philosophy*!

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