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A Man for All Seasons

Fred Dallmayr

in Integral Pluralism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.003.0007
A Man for All Seasons

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Ethics and religious faith are similarly sequestered or privatized, unless they are released from their ghetto for the sake of a forced synthesis (sometimes labeled “fundamentalism”). Rare are the individuals who are able to develop as well as harmonize their different faculties—people the Indian scriptures call stable or sattva because, by bringing “all their senses into harmony,” they maintain stable balance. One prominent individual in recent history illustrates the sattva quality in exemplary fashion: Mahatma Gandhi, a statesman, erudite intellectual, man of letters, and devotee of the arts, as well as an ethicist and person of faith. In a famous stage play, Robert Bolt celebrated Thomas More as “a man for all seasons.”

Keywords: ghetto; synthesis; fundamentalism; harmony; ethics

Chapter.  7490 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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