Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

by Anthony J. Parel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521050154

ISBN-13: 9780521050159

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Anthony Parel affords an entirely new perspective on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He explores how Gandhi connected the spiritual with the temporal. As Parel points out "being more things than one" is a good description of Gandhi, and with these words in mind, he shows how Gandhi, drawing on the time-honored Indian theory of the purusharthas or "the aims of life,"…  See more details below

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Anthony Parel affords an entirely new perspective on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He explores how Gandhi connected the spiritual with the temporal. As Parel points out "being more things than one" is a good description of Gandhi, and with these words in mind, he shows how Gandhi, drawing on the time-honored Indian theory of the purusharthas or "the aims of life," fitted his ethical, political, aesthetic and religious ideas together. In this way, Gandhi challenged the notion which prevailed in Indian society that a rift existed between the secular and the spiritual, the political and the contemplative life. Parel's revealing and insightful book shows how far-reaching were the effects of Gandhi's practical philosophy on Indian thought generally, and how these have survived into the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521050159
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe four aims of life1
1Gandhi's reconstitution of the four aims14
Pt. IIPolitics and economics29
2Civic nationalism31
3The state52
4The economy68
Pt. IIIDharma85
5Dharma as duty87
6Dharma as religion99
7Dharma as ethics117
Pt. IVPleasure135
8Celibacy and sexuality137
9Art and society157
Pt. VSpiritual liberation175
10The Gita and moksha177
11Conclusion : the political and the spiritual195

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