Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

by Anthony J. Parel
ISBN-10:
0521867150
ISBN-13:
9780521867153
Pub. Date:
09/30/2006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

Anthony Parel affords a novel 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 Indian time-honoured 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: 9780521867153
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2006
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Four Aims of Life: Introduction; 1. Gandhi's reconstitution of the four aims; Part II. Politics and Economics: 2. Civic nationalism; 3. The state; 4. The economy; Part III. Dharma: 5. Dharma as duty; 6. Dharma as religion; 7. Dharma as ethics; Part IV. Pleasure: 8. Celibacy and sexuality; 9. Art and society; Part V. Spiritual Liberation: 10. The Gita and moksha; 11. Conclusion: the political and the spiritual; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.

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