Gandhi : a very short introduction

Bhikhu Parekh

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, which he made the basis of his successful struggle against British rule in India. In this Very 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, his unique form of liberal communitarianism, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles was limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power, and how his hostility to modern civilization impeded his appreciation of its complexity. Gandhi's life and thought has had an enormous impact both within and outside India, and he continues to be widely revered, as one of the greatest moral and political leaders of the twentieth century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • List of Illustrations
  • 1. Life and Work
  • 2. Religious thought
  • 3. Human Nature
  • 4. Satyagraha
  • 5. The Critique of Modernity
  • 6. The Vision of a Non-Violent Society
  • 7. Critical Appreciation
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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書名 Gandhi : a very short introduction
著作者等 Parekh, Bhikhu C.
Parekh Bhikhu
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2001, c1997
ページ数 140 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780192854575
NCID BA54341166
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス