9780521050159

Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521050159

  • ISBN10:

    0521050154

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-17
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
The Four Aims of Life: Introduction
Gandhi's reconstitution of the four aims
Politics and Economics
Civic nationalism
The state
The economy
Dharma
Dharma as duty
Dharma as religion
Dharma as ethics
Pleasure
Celibacy and sexuality
Art and society
Spiritual Liberation
The Gita and Moksha
Conclusion: the political and the spiritual
Bibliography
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