Colloquium - Dr. Tridip Suhrud

April 13, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Korean Studies Center Auditorium Add to Calendar

Means and Ends In Gandhi's Ethical Politics
The question of means and ends is central to all action, not just action within the realm of the political. M K Gandhi was deeply concerned with the locus of human action and the autonomy of human volition. He proposed not only the inviolable relationship between means and ends but also theory of the necessary 'purity' of both. What mediates the relationship between means and ends is the 'practitioner', in Gandhi's case the 'Satyagrahi.' Gandhi proposed that purity of means and ends cannot be attained so long as the practitioner remained impure, sullied, opaque. This lecture proposes to provide a reading of Gandhi's understanding and practice of human volition, his incessant practice to attain pure means, his self-practices which enabled him to strive towards purity, a state that he called Brahmacharya, a conduct that leads one to Truth.

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