College Of Arts And Sciences | Nonviolence and the Struggle for Freedom
E103 | 0095 | Larson


E103   Nonviolence and the Struggle for Freedom (Larson) (3 Cr.) TR
9:05-9:55 SW 119 plus discussion section

Non-violence as an ethical principle and a strategy for social change is
one of India's great contributions to world thought.  It became most well
known through the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi during India's struggle
for independence from the British, but its roots and formulation go back
to ancient traditions of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain spirituality.  The
course will address the following questions: What counts as "non-violent"
behavior? What do we mean by the notion of "violence"?  Is non-violence
pacifism?  Can non-violence be applied as a universal principle different
from non-violence as a political strategy?  In addition to studying the
life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and such Indian texts as the "Bhagavad
Gita" (or Song of the Lord), the course will also compare and contrast
Indian notions of non- violence with notions of non-violence used by
Martin Luther King, Jr., in the American civil rights movement, Henry
David Thoreau's notion of non-violent protest, and some contemporary
discussions of non-violence (for example, the UN Declaration of Universal
Human Rights, the attempt to construct a new Global Ethic, etc.).