Pax Gandhiana: Is Gandhian Nonviolence Compatible with the Coercive State?
with Professor Anthony Parel
Thursday 13th October 2011
The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley St, London, W1K 1HF at 6:30 pm
This year’s lecture argues that Gandhian nonviolence seeks much more than such things as the personal virtue of ahimsa, resistance to the erring state and pacifism. It seeks to initiate a new social and political order, a Pax Gandhiana, one that replaces Pax Britannica. Starting with a brief discussion of Gandhi’s abandoned attempt at writing a thesis on nonviolence, the lecture focuses on the three conditions necessary for Pax Gandhiana – a new philosophy of nonviolence, a new civic nationalism capable of unifying india and a new state that is coercive in some respects and nonviolent in others.
Anthony Parel is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary (Harvard Ph D, 1963). He is author of Gandhi’s Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony (CUP, 2006) and The Machiavellian Cosmos (Yale, 1992) as well as other works. He was also co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi (2011) with Judith Brown of Oxford University.
The full text of the lecture can be found here