Philosophy Of Mahatma Gandhi For The Twenty-First Century

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The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi offers a fresh perspective on one of the most admired-yet also controversial-figures of the twentieth century. Douglas Allen and a leading group of Gandhi scholars present numerous ways in which Gandhi's thought and action-oriented approach are urgently needed for addressing major problems as we move into the twenty-first century. In turn, the contributors discuss how Gandhi's philosophy can shed light on issues of violence and nonviolence, war and peace, religion and religious conflict and dialogue, terrorism, ethics, civil disobedience, injustice, modernism and postmodernism, forms of oppression and exploitation, and environmental destruction. The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi will appeal to all levels of students and scholars.

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Editorial Reviews

Philosophy East and West
The substance and structure of this volume make it different from other recent books on the subject…. Each of the chapters is unique in approach and substance and contains multiple layers of thought…. This thought-provoking book, full of nuanced understanding of Gandhi's thoughts, makes an excellent contribution to the relevance of Gandhi's philosophy for the twenty-first century…. Overall, this outstanding collection will be valuable to Gandhian scholars, students, and activists. It will also make an excellent resource for classroom learning.
Sushil Mittal
The collection is well organized, reasonably focused, and highly engaging. Without exception, the essays are well-written and thought-provoking. This book makes an important intellectual contribution.
Ian M. Harris
This accessible book raises important questions about the relationship of Gandhian thought to the contemporary world. Its broad range will be of interest to people from varying backgrounds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739122242
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Allen is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Key Issues and Overview of Gandhi's Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century   Douglas Allen     vii
Gandhi and Interreligious Dialogue   Bhikhu Parekh     1
Bridging the Secular and the Spiritual   Anthony Parel     19
Mahatma Gandhi's Philosophy of Violence, Nonviolence, and Education   Douglas Allen     33
Satyagraha and the Right to Civil Disobedience   Vinit Haksar     63
Three 9/11s: Satyagraha or Terrorism   Richard L. Johnson     99
Nonviolence as a Civic Virtue: Gandhi and Reformed Liberalism   Nicholas F. Gier     121
Gandhi and Islam: A Heart-and-Mind Unity?   Fred Dallmayr     143
Gandhi's Religious Ethics   Joseph Prabhu     163
The Postmodern Discourse on Gandhi: Modernity and Truth   Naresh Dadhich     179
The "Sanatani" Mahatma: Rereading Gandhi Post-Hindutva   Makarand Paranjape     201
Gandhi's Conception of a New Society   Margaret Chatterjee     215
The Anatomy of Nonviolent Revolution: A Comparative Analysis   M.V. Naidu     223
Index     249
About the Editor and Contributors     261

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