The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth (Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures)

The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth (Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures)


Between 1915 and 1941, Tagore (1861-1941) and Gandhi (1869-1948) differed and argued approximately many stuff of private, nationwide, and foreign significance---satyagraha, non-cooperation, the boycott and burning of overseas fabric, the efficacy of fasting as a way of resistance and Gandhi’s mantra connecting “swaraj” and “charkha”. the writer tracks the advance of this discussion and argues that the talk was once approximately extra primary matters, similar to the character of fact and swaraj/freedom and the probabilities of untruth that Tagore observed in Gandhi’s activities for fact and freedom. Puri indicates that the diversities among the 2 men’s views got here from another way negotiated relationships to (and understandings of) culture and modernity. Tagore was once a part of the Bengal renaissance and powerfully prompted by way of the concept the Enlightenment consisted within the freedom of the person to reason behind herself. Gandhi, however, remained with regards to the Indian philosophical culture which associated person freedom to ethical growth. Puri issues out that Tagore can't, even though, be unreflectively assimilated to the Enlightenment undertaking of Western modernity, for he got here rather with reference to Gandhi in rejecting the anthropocentricism of modernity and shared Gandhi’s trust in an enchanted cosmos.

The in basic terms single-authored quantity at the Tagore-Gandhi debate, this booklet is a welcome boost to the prevailing literature.

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