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Ananta Kumar Giri has been furrowing in the frontier regions of contemporary sociological theory. He and a most admirable group of social theorists and philosophers from several countries find that even their frontier worlds are pervaded by mutual challenges between power-craving princes and freedom-seeking sages…. Giri has assembled here 29 cutting-edge essays and much-needed wise reflections on vitally important topics such as development ethics and poverty, the power of non-violent movements, and the moral dimension in world history. - Thomas Pantham, Former Professor of Political Science, M.S. University of Baroda Ever since the Renaissance in the thirteenth century, the 'prince' has been the dominant archetype of 'being' and 'becoming'. Power and politics have provided the modern world with determinant frames of self-constitution and social emancipation, along with a singular definition of 'freedom'. In this context, The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom is concerned with rethinking and transforming the concepts of 'power' and 'freedom' in discourse, society and history. This work draws from various sources-traditional, philosophical, religious and spiritual-in discussing 'power' and 'freedom', and also in bringing together voices of struggle from different parts of the world. It is a highly recommended reading for scholars of humanities and social sciences and can be used as a textbook of social and political theory in departments of sociology and politics. It will also be an invaluable supplementary reading resource for students and researchers of development studies, philosophy and religious studies.

Transforming Power and Freedom: From Voluntary Servitude to Non-Violent Resistance
Transforming power and freedom: From voluntary servitude to non-violent resistance

Certainly, in principle, we see a contradiction between the modern prince and the modern sage. But in any case we do not any longer ignore Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) and his tremendous impact on modern political science, philosophy and action. Without Tolstoy's heritage and inspiration we cannot understand and realise the meaning of Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) and Martin Luther King Jr (1929–68), whom I dedicate this chapter to because they are the authentic and obvious followers of the ancient sages and prophets: Socrates, Jesus, Buddha and Lao-Tzu. All of these sages and prophets pleaded for nonviolent resistance and transformed their lives, thought and action into glorious ...

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