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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2003

Steven Schroeder
Pages 69-75
DOI: 10.5840/pcw200310222

Notes Toward a Philosophy of Nonviolence
A City In Which Violence Is Not Necessary

This paper takes Gandhi's satyagraha, which he defined as "holding on to truth" (associating it simultaneously with knowing and doing) as a basis for a political philosophy of nonviolence that draws on voices familiar from twentieth century nonviolent struggles as well as sociobiology, literary criticism, and feminist approaches to sacrifice.