Gandhi

Gandhi

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`I wanted to avoid violence. Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.' Speech at Shahi Bag, 1922 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest. He led the Indian National Congress party in three major campaigns against British rule, each culminating in his arrest. In this short introduction to Gandhi's life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. He looks at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles were limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power. Gandhi's view of man as ascetic allows no room for expressions of the cultural, artistic, or intellectual. This book is intended for primarily undergraduate students of modern philosophy, but also students of history, politics, and religion.show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192876929
  • 9780192876928

Table of contents

1: Introduction. 2: Religious thought. 3: Theory of man and society. 4: Economic and political thought. 5: Non-violent method of action. 6: Critical evaluationshow more

About B.C. Parekh

About the Author: Bhikhu Parekh is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics at the University of Hull.show more

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