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Pax Gandhiana: The Political Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi

Anthony J. Parel


Gandhi’s political philosophy concerns the peaceful political order—Pax Gandhiana. Its main contention is that peace cannot be achieved by politics alone. Peace requires the confluence of the four canonical ends of life: politics and economics (artha), ethics (dharma), forms of pleasure (kama), and the pursuit of spiritual transcendence (moksha). Modern political philosophy isolates politics from the other three ends. Gandhi corrects this error. Therein lie his originality and importance. Gandhi reaches his conclusion by reinterpreting the Indian theory of the four canonical ends of life. In h ... More

Keywords: Pax Gandhiana, purusharthas, nonviolence, sarvodaya, swaraj, satyagraha, constructive program, conceptual framework, rights and duties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190491451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony J. Parel, author
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary