Philosophy East and West 38 (4):399-410 (1988)

Bruce Reichenbach
Augsburg College
If, as I argue, the law of karma is a special application of the causal law to moral causation, then one has to account for the differences between the two laws. One possibility is to distinguish between "phalas" (immediate effects actions produce in the world) and "samskaras" (invisible dispositions or tendencies to act or think), and to suggest that karma produces the latter but not the former. This subjectivist account, however, raises questions concerning the relation between a person's "samskaras" and the environmental conditions that cause him pleasure and pain.
Keywords causal principle  law of karma  causation  moral causation  pleasure and pain  dispositions
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