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The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi
The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi

The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi

by Raghavan Iyer

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Oxford University Press


0 19 565195 2 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 449



Raghavan Iyer

Author: Raghavan Iyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 449
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 19 565195 2


This book elucidates the central concepts in the moral and political thought of Mahatma Gandhi. There is a detailed examination of the ramifications of Gandhi’s concepts of truth and non-violence, freedom and obligation, and his view of the relation between means and ends in politics.

Despite the vast literature on Gandhi, little attention has been paid to the solid conceptual foundations of his thought. Professor Iyer addresses this lacuna, and brings out the subtlety, potency and universal import of Gandhi’s political ethic, in theory and in practice.

Gandhi’s indictment of modern civilization, his plea for the purification of politics, his conception of an unassailable moral commitment, his vision of human perfectibility, and his perception of the role of individual conscience and heroism in society are all carefully considered in this book.

Enriched by allusions to a wide range of political thinkers, classical and modern, this is a significant contribution to contemporary thought about the place of moral values in political action. Well received in its earlier printings, this authoritative work is increasingly relevant for shcolars and general readers concerned about the troubled political ethic of the postmodern world.



The Indictment of Modern Civilization

The Purification of Politics

The Need for Absolute Values and For Vows

Human Nature, Progress, and Perfectibility

Individual Conscience and Heroism in Society

Absolute and Relative Truth

Nonviolence as a Creed and a Policy

Satya and Ahimsa
The Relation Between Truth and Nonviolence

Active and Passive Resistance

The Scope and Significance of Satyagraha

Swaraj and Swadeshi
Self-rule and Self-reliance

Means and Ends in Politics






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