Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

by Anthony J. Parel
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Cambridge University Press
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Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

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

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xii
The four aims of life     1
Introduction     3
Gandhi's reconstitution of the four aims     14
Politics and economics     29
Civic nationalism     31
The state     52
The economy     68
Dharma     85
Dharma as duty     87
Dharma as religion     99
Dharma as ethics     117
Pleasure     135
Celibacy and sexuality     137
Art and society     157
Spiritual liberation     175
The Gita and moksha     177
Conclusion: the political and the spiritual     195
Bibliography     206
Glossary     216
Index     219

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