Marta Kudelska, Why Is There I Rather Than It? Ontology of the Subject in the Upaniṣads, Peter Lang Publishers, Berlin 2021.
The book explores one of the most important problems in Indian philosophical thought: the subject in its particular relation to the world. In what sense does the subject exist? How does it constitute the world? The analysis hinges on Sanskrit sources, mainly the Upanishads. However, it goes beyond this question of the subject. The book discusses the concept of how the subject establishes the world, which – in this cognitive perspective – becomes simultaneously recognized and deformed. Overcoming these deformations becomes a specific soteriological path.
This book was published by the international publishing house Peter Lang thanks to the grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as a part of the National Program for the Development of Humanities.