Gandhi, Freedom and Self-Rule

Gandhi, Freedom and Self-Rule

by Anthony J. Parel
     
 

This volume presents an original account of Mahatma Gandhi's four meanings of freedom: as sovereign national independence, as the political freedom of the individual, as freedom from poverty, and as the capacity for self-rule or spiritual freedom. Gandhi taught that human well-being, both for the individual and for the collective, requires the simultaneous… See more details below

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This volume presents an original account of Mahatma Gandhi's four meanings of freedom: as sovereign national independence, as the political freedom of the individual, as freedom from poverty, and as the capacity for self-rule or spiritual freedom. Gandhi taught that human well-being, both for the individual and for the collective, requires the simultaneous enjoyment of all four of these aspects. Gandhi drew his ideas on the subject from both Eastern and Western sources. Thus they make an important contribution to the ongoing debate in both the East and the West on the scope and nature of freedom. They provide a vantage point from which to assess the adequacy of the reigning theories of liberalism in the West—such as the Western divisions of rights from duties and individual political freedom from spiritual freedom. Likewise, they throw useful light on the dangers inherent in the ascendant Indian ideology of "hindutva" (Hindu-ness), which concentrates on national independence and economic freedom and subordinates the freedom of the individual. In this volume, seven leading Gandhi scholars write on the four meanings of Gandhian freedom, engaging the reader in the ongoing debates in the East and the West and contributing to a new comparative political theory.

Author Biography: Anthony J. Parel is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary. His recent publications include "The Machiavellian Cosmos" (1992) and "Gandhi: Hind Swaraj and Other Writings" (1997).

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Editorial Reviews

Loyola Journal Of Social Sciences
This impressive volume merits a wide audience. . . . It is a welcome and valuable addition to Gandhiana.
Religious Studies Review
The essays in this volume offer significant reflections on freedom, liberty, autonomy, human rights, and democracy in Gandhi's life and work....What gives this book its force is its engagement with a range of political theorists, from Hobbes and Mill to I. Berlin and C. Taylor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739101360
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.56(d)

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