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Was Gandhi A “Pathological Altruist”?

Arun Gandhi

in Pathological Altruism

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199738571
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738571.003.0171
Was Gandhi A “Pathological Altruist”?

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Mohandas K. Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence was rooted in a relentless pursuit of Truth. For Gandhi, Truth was God, and finding God, and thereby the meaning of life, had to be pursued with single-minded devotion and dedication. Truth is ever changing, as is our understanding of it. Gandhi thought the problem with modern society was that we approach all philosophy dogmatically because that is the academic approach. A philosophy, to be meaningful, must be living and vibrant. Nonviolence can, on occasion, become a pathologically altruistic enterprise, unnecessarily hurting others, and cannot be dogmatically followed if the greater good of Truth is to be attained.

Keywords: anger; Gandhi; God; nonviolence; pathological altruism; truth

Chapter.  2297 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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