PH – 205: GANDHIAN PHILOSOPHY
(Objective : To acquaint the student with major aspects of Gandhian thought.)
Religion and Ethics
Truth and God, Relation between Truth and Non Violence, Equality of all religions
Doctrine of Sanatanadharma, Varnasramadharma, Approach to Varna, Jati and
untouchability – The status and role of women, conception of ideal society (Ramarajya) –
the doctrine of Sarvodaya, Critique of modern civilization.
The doctrine of Satyagraha: scope and application, limits and significance of Satyagraha,
Civil Disobedience, the doctrine of Swaraj (Self-rule) – Politics & Ethics – Political
a) Economic and educational thought
The doctrine of Bread labour, Trusteeship and socialism, The doctrine of Swadeshi (selfreliance),
Economics and Ethics, Gandhi’s views on education
B) Controversies of Gandhi: Tilak-Gandhi controversy on interpretation of Bhagavad-
Gita, Togare-Gandhi controversy on nationalism and modernity, Ambedkar-Gandhi
controversy on Varna and caste.
Books for Readings (Relevant sections only)
Gandhi, M.K., Hind Swaraj, Navjivan, 1938.
Gandhi, M.K., Satyagraha in South Africa, Navjivan 1928.
Gandhi, M.K., In Search of the Supreme, Vol. III, Navjivan 1940.
Gandhi, M.K. Sarvodaya, Navjivan, 1957.
N.K. Bose, (ed.,) Selections from Gandhi, Navjivan , 1957.
Iyer, Raghavan (ed.) : The Moral and Political writings of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol. I, II,
III, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1986.
Bhikhu Parekh : Gandhi’s Political Philosophy.
Glyn Richards : The Philosophy of Gandhi : A study of His Basic Ideas, Conzen Press,1982.
Books for Reference
Gosavi.D.K.: Tilak,Gandhi and Gita,Bartiya vidhya bhavan,Bombay,1983.
Kelekar prabhu : Gandhi and Togare: Truth called them differently, comps and eds,
Navajivan trust 1961.
Ambedkar B.R: Annihilation of caste, Bheem Partrika Publication, Jullundur,(1975)
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