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Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures

The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth

Authors: Puri, Bindu

  • The only monograph on the Tagore-Gandhi debate
  • Provides a philosophical re-interpretation of Tagore’s positions on nationalism and cosmopolitanism
  • Gives new insights on Gandhi's central moral and political concepts
  • Examines Akeel Bilgrami’s reading of Gandhi’s truth
  • Discusses the differences between Tagore and Gandhi’s understandings of swaraj/freedom
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About this book

Between 1915 and 1941, Tagore (1861-1941) and Gandhi (1869-1948) differed and argued about many things of personal, national, and international significance---satyagraha, non-cooperation, the boycott and burning of foreign cloth, the efficacy of fasting as a means of resistance and Gandhi’s mantra connecting “swaraj” and “charkha”. The author tracks the development of this dialogue and argues that the debate was about more fundamental issues, such as the nature of truth and swaraj/freedom and the possibilities of untruth that Tagore saw in Gandhi’s movements for truth and freedom. Puri shows that the differences between the two men’s perspectives came from differently negotiated relationships to (and understandings of) tradition and modernity. Tagore was part of the Bengal renaissance and powerfully influenced by the idea that the Enlightenment consisted in the freedom of the individual to reason for herself. Gandhi, on the other hand, remained close to the Indian philosophical tradition which linked individual freedom to moral progress. Puri points out that Tagore cannot, however, be unreflectively assimilated to the Enlightenment project of Western modernity, for he came fairly close to Gandhi in rejecting the anthropocentricism of modernity and shared Gandhi’s belief in an enchanted cosmos.

The only single-authored volume on the Tagore-Gandhi debate, this book is a welcome addition to the existing literature.

About the authors

Bindu Puri is an associate professor with the Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. She has been interested in issues in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and modern Indian philosophy. She has published six books, including one monograph, entitled Gandhi and the Moral Life. She has edited Mahatma Gandhi and His Contemporaries and co-edited two volumes on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, entitled Reason, Morality and Beauty, and Terror, Peace and Universalism, published by Oxford University Press. She has recently co-edited a special issue of  IIC Quarterly on Living with Religious Diversity (April 2014). She has published about 35 articles, including book reviews, in philosophical and interdisciplinary journals of international repute, including articles in Sophia, Philosophia and the Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, some of which are: The Self and the Other: Liberalism and Gandhi (Philosophia, Vol. 39[4], 2011); Freedom and the Dynamics of the Self and the “Other”: Re-constructing the Debate between Tagore and Gandhi (Sophia 52[2], 2013); and Finding Reasons for Being Reasonable: Interrogating Rawls (Sophia 2014). Professor Puri has presented many papers in national and international seminars and has delivered several invited lectures in universities in India and abroad.

Reviews

“This is an important book–as the first monograph on the debate between Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi … . it also provides a sharp picture of the two positions in the debate, drawing attention to many truths about them which are not obvious and deserve to be emphasised. … The treatment is repeatedly powerful and the book is highly successful in advancing understanding of the philosophical confrontation between these two great leaders.” (Richard Sorabji, SOPHIA, Vol. 55, 2016)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Tagore–Gandhi Debate: An Account of the Central Issues

    Puri, Bindu

    Pages 1-31

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  • Of Mantras and Unquestioned Creeds: Reconstructing Gandhi’s Moral Insights

    Puri, Bindu

    Pages 33-65

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  • Gandhi’s Truth: Debate, Criticism and the Possibilities of Closure in Moral Arguments

    Puri, Bindu

    Pages 67-101

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  • Tagore: On the Possibilities of Untruth and Moral Tyranny

    Puri, Bindu

    Pages 103-136

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  • Understanding Swaraj: Tagore and Gandhi

    Puri, Bindu

    Pages 137-167

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-2116-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2115-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-2848-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Tagore-Gandhi Debate on Matters of Truth and Untruth
Authors
Series Title
Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-2116-6
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-2116-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-2115-9
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-2848-6
Series ISSN
2211-1107
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 181
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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