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Politics, Experience and Cognitive Enslavement: Gandhi's Hind Swaraj

Although Gandhi never explicitly addresses "modern politics" in Hind Swaraj, one can say that it is a legitimate question to ask how he would have viewed it, given what he says about medicine, law, nationalism, and so forth. Rejecting as incoherent the view that sees M K Gandhi as offering a critique of modernity, one can argue that Gandhi's critical view of domains such as law and medicine and his understanding of his own political activity emerge out of his deep philosophical concern with both removing or resisting experience-occluding structures and creating sites of ethical learning hospitable to preserving the integrity of experience.

 

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