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Gandhi and the Stoics: Modern Experiments on Ancient Values

Richard Sorabji


Gandhi was a philosopher and understanding his philosophy helps with re-assessing the consistency of his positions and life. He was less influenced by the Stoics than by Socrates, Christ, Christian writers and Indian thought. But whereas he re-interpreted those, he discovered the congeniality of the Stoics too late to re-process them. They could supply even more of the consistency he sought. He could show them the effect of putting their unrealised ideals into actual practice. They from the Cynics, he from the Bhagavadgita, learnt the indifference of most objectives. But both had to square tha ... More

Keywords: Gandhi as philosopher, Gandhi's lapses and consistency, Socrates, Christ and Christians, indifference, love, politics, freedom, violence, duties, individuals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644339
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Sorabji, author
Wolfson College, Oxford