Non-violence as a Way of Life

A statue of an elderly gentleman, with his head bowed and his legs crossed beneath him.

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Tavistock Square, London. (Image courtesy of London Matt on Flickr. License CC BY.)


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Fall 2018



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This course addresses the philosophical question of what a non-violent life entails. It investigates its ethical dimensions and challenges, and considers whether we can derive a comprehensive moral theory from the principle of non-violence. In addition, it discusses the issues of lying, the duty to forgive, non-violent communication, the ethics of our relationship to anger, the possibility of loving enemies, and the ethics of punishment and rehabilitation. Readings are included from primary exponents of non-violence, such as Tolstoy, Gandhi, and King.

This course is part of the Experimental Study Group at MIT.

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Lee Perlman. ES.114 Non-violence as a Way of Life. Fall 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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