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Action, Freedom and Responsibility

A Conceptual Study by: Subasini Barik



ISBN: 9788124610640
Year Of Publication: 2021
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix,179
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography,Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : P.K. Mohapatra
Size: 23
Weight: 412


This book, a work on human doing, analyses and applies three central aspects of human life – Action, Freedom and Responsibility – in the wide spectrum of the Philosophy of Mind. Reflections on these issues and their interconnections have a significant effect on the Philosophy of Value and application of ethical theories in practical life. This book even reconstructs the conceptual connection between action and freedom, on the one hand, and that between freedom and responsibility, on the other.
It also puts the concepts of freedom and determinism to critical test and reinterprets them from different angles and perspectives. The conventional doctrine of karma, based on the teachings of the Bhagavadgātā, is relieved from its usual deterministic presentation and a logically reasonable explanation is offered.
Human actions and human agency are central concepts in the philosophy of mind and action. Free will and responsibility constitute the bedrock of the moral life of the human agents and the book pinpoints that freedom is meant to undertake the goal-oriented actions. It is, therefore, focused on the enquiry into the various aspects of philosophy of mind, as well as the philosophy of value.


“Foreword — P.K. Mohapatra
1. Nature and Concept of Action

Action and Event
Action and Non-action
Refraining: An Act of Ommission
Action as an Object of Moral Judgement
The Means–End Controversy
Free Will

2. Agency

Formal Analysis
Natural Agency
Unnatural Agency (Agency in a Secondary Sense)
Supernatural Agency
Substantial Analysis
Features of Personhood
Reasons and Actions
Significance of Intention
The Doer, Deed and the Done
Action and Free Will

3. Action and Free Will

A Systematic Account of Personal Agency
Ascription of Responsibility
The Argument from Deliberation
The Argument from Agent Causation
The Argument from Moral Responsibility
A Critique of Determinism and Libertarianism

4. Action, Freedom and Responsibility

Agency and Desire
The First-order Desire and First-order Action
The Second-order Desire or the Level of
Reflective Self-evaluation
Motivational System and Evaluation System

5. Summary and Conclusion


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