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Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony

Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony


  • Date Published: August 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867153

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  • 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.

    • Provides new and fascinating insights into Gandhi's philosophy and how he reconciled an active with a reflective life
    • For students and scholars in religious studies, philosophy, politics, history and anthropology
    • Written by the author of the acclaimed Gandhi: 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'For those who thought there is not much new to be said about Gandhi, Anthony Parel has shown otherwise in this outstanding book. The Gandhian Paradigm is stimulating and fresh, opening several new doors to our understanding of Gandhi and is an invaluable contribution as it intelligently speaks to our own times and challenges.' Ronald J. Terchek, University of Maryland Author of Gandhi: Struggling for Autonomy

    'Rare in Gandhi interpretation is so original a study. Anthony Parel persuasively argues that Gandhi, in a quest to harmonize Indian values, privileged politics or artha as the means to attain moksha. Rather surprisingly Gandhi emerges the more a modern and pragmatic politician.' Antony Copley, University of Kent

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867153
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Anthony J. Parel, University of Calgary
    Anthony J. Parel is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. His previous publications include Gandhi: 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings (1997) and Gandhi, Freedom and Self-Rule (2000).

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