Karma Agency and Freedom An Analytical Study of Agent Freedom in Classical Indian Philosophy (Paperback)
Indian philosophical thought has centred around various themes including
epistemological, metaphysical, linguistic, ethical and ontological concerns.
Discussions on knowledge and its sources, nature and existence of God, ethical
values, causation, liberation, reality, and creation can easily be found. The
doctrine of karma has also been an integral feature of classical Indian thought.
But as far as the problem of freedom of the agent is concerned as well as the
conception of agent's relation to the theory of karma, one does not find a
comprehensive and detailed discussion done. Often scholars have raised their
concerns with regard to this problem but to the best of my knowledge no
constructive elaborate studies have been produced. At the most fragmented
discussions pertaining to this problem do exist. It may have been felt by
scholars that the classical period in Indian philosophy was majorly concerned
with the ways in which a person could transcend the cycle of birth and death to
attain eternal bliss or realise God and so much could be found on 'freedom
from' and not so much on 'freedom to'.