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Gandhi’s Wisdom

Insights from the Founding Father of Modern Psychology in the East

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  • Illustrates applications of Gandhi’s wisdom to scientific research and contemporary social issues
  • Calls attention to cross-cultural issues limiting the current scope of wisdom research
  • Demonstrates the wide interdisciplinary relevance of Gandhi’s wisdom

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Gandhi and the Psychology of Wisdom

  2. On Living as Gandhi

  3. The Interminable Wisdom of Gandhi


About this book

This book examines what Gandhian thought contributes to the conceptualisation of wisdom and its application in the 21st Century. It draws together leading international researchers and practitioners to combine an in-depth understanding of Gandhi’s philosophy with the latest research from psychology and allied social sciences. Beginning with an overview of wisdom in the domain of scientific research and as it is understood in our everyday life, the book’s editors further call attention to key cross cultural issues limiting its current scope. Amongst the topics explored are Gandhi’s silence, fasting, vows, self-efficacy, self-control, and more, illustrating what he offers not only to the study of wisdom within psychology, but across a broad range of disciplines and professional enterprises. It is invaluable to students and scholars of Gandhian studies, the psychology of wisdom, management and peace psychology; as well to readers with a general interest in the application of Gandhi’swisdom today.

Editors and Affiliations

  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, USA

    V. K. Kool

  • Harish Chandra Post Graduate College, Varanasi, India

    Rita Agrawal

About the editors

V. K. Kool is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA. He is the author of nine books, including The Psychology of Nonviolence and Aggression (2008) and co-editor with Rita Agrawal of Gandhi and the Psychology of Nonviolence, Volumes 1 and 2 (2020). Dr. Kool is recipient of three Fulbright awards, was member of the Editorial Board of APA’s Peace Division journal, Peace and Conflict, for seven years.

Rita Agrawal is Director and Professor at the Faculty of Management and Technology, Harish Chandra Post Graduate College, India. She is the author of seven books, including Stress in Life and at Work (2001), and Psychology of Technology (2016 with Kool), and has been the recipient of both national and international awards.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Gandhi’s Wisdom

  • Book Subtitle: Insights from the Founding Father of Modern Psychology in the East

  • Editors: V. K. Kool, Rita Agrawal

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87490-2Published: 29 January 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87493-3Published: 31 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-87491-9Published: 28 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 351

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Psychology, general, Positive Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philosophy of Religion

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