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Metaphysical Exploration Through Truth and Gandhi-Keagan Archer-Hastie

   Mohandas Gandhi’s pursuit into the meaning of life went as far as the study of ontology and the meaning of life through the pursuit of truth and the soul. He was also highly influenced by religion and based many of his opinions and his philosophy on the existence of a god. His main philosophy was satyagraha which literally translates into truth force or soul force. This in my opinion is where Gandhi’s political career and metaphysics cross paths.

  Gandhi although not accredited with being a metaphysician, did spend a lot of his time thinking about the meaning of life. Many of Gandhi’s famous quotes surround the meaning of life and the concept of reality and being. Gandhi believed that “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” Gandhi not only talked about the meaning of life but he was also a religious fundamentalist which leads to a drastically different view of reality than other metaphysicians. 

Gandhi was also a dualist that firmly believed in a physical reality and a soul. Gandhi believed that the soul was altruistic and that the physical world was a poison; gross, polluting and selfish. Gandhi said that the body was a prison, that we’re enslaved in the physical world because of karma. This is best characterized as a pre-modernistic view as he believed that the body was evil.

Gandhi was a brilliant man who changed the world for the better. He was one of the first leaders to make a drastic change using truth, and peace. A concept previously unheard of by world leaders. Though he changed the world he is less credited with his metaphysical views and concepts. Regardless of his ingrained religious views I am going to delve further into the life and ideas of Mahatma Gandhi. I hope to further my knowledge of religious views and of metaphysics. Let’s go.



3 thoughts on “Metaphysical Exploration Through Truth and Gandhi-Keagan Archer-Hastie

  1. Thoughtful and informative post, Keagan. Why do you think Gandhi isn’t thought of as much for his metaphysical thinking? I suppose that perhaps this has to do with his larger contributions to the realm of politics and ethics, but also that the elements of metaphysics that he does ascribe to are larger concepts that make connections with other thinkers of his (or previous) era(s) – ie, he could have been more of a student of philosophy than a teacher, or trailblazer? In any case, I think you’ve shed an interesting light on Gandhi the Philosopher that I’m interested to see connected to others working in the field of metaphysics. Do you see threads of his thinking through some of our other posts from this unit?

    Posted by Bryan | October 25, 2012, 9:26 pm
    • Mr Jackson through research I have deduced that the main reason Gandhi isn’t so widely referred to as a philosopher is because although he wrote hundreds of volumes of books he never published his philosophy as a whole in one volume. as well I believe Gandhi is unique in his metaphysical views no one else that I have read in our blogs has been as open to new ideas as Gandhi. This is one of the reasons why I am growing to respect and admire Gandhi so highly.
      Thank You

      Posted by Keagan AH | October 31, 2012, 7:07 pm
  2. in Gandhis point of view, i find it interesting how he connects the meaning of life and the concept of life and reality highly with religion, and how he based many of his opinions on the existence of god. My philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, who also connects his philospher to a similar aspect but in the point of view, of ” man being free,” his philosphy has no connection to god because he does not think god exists. So i do find it uniquely interesting how he connects life in a religious perspective as opposed to an athiest point of view.

    i’m looking forward to seeing this presentation on gandhi 🙂

    Posted by yasmeenmezban | November 2, 2012, 4:48 pm

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