Gandhi and Tagore on the Idea of the Surplus, Creativity and Freedom: In Conversation with Richard Sorabji

Sophia 55 (4):563-572 (2016)
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This paper is in conversation with Richard Sorabji’s reading of the Gandhi Tagore debate. On Sorabji’s account freedom was an important issue in that debate as Gandhi was unable to appreciate Tagore’s emphasis on individual freedom as creativity. While I agree that freedom was an important issue, I argue that Gandhi understood and employed the resources made available by individual creativity. The differences arose because Gandhi thought of freedom as creativity primarily in moral rather than aesthetic terms.

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The Religion of Man.Rabindranath Tagore - 1931 - Philosophy 6 (24):498-499.
The Religion of Man.Rabindranath Tagore - 1932 - International Journal of Ethics 42 (3):372-373.

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