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Introduction: Mezza Voce Quietism?

Introduction: Mezza Voce Quietism? In this introduction to the fourth part of an ongoing symposium on quietism, Perl, the editor of the sponsoring journal Common Knowledge , remarks on a new question raised in this latest grouping of articles. Can there be such a thing as a " mezza voce quietism"? Can there be activist quietists or quietist activists or active teachers of quietism without self-contradiction? Perl takes Gandhi and "passive resistance" as his own test case, concluding that Gandhi was a teacher of quietism and that satyagraha was a type of moral education directed at those (first the South Africans, then, more momentously, the British in India) whose spirits were imperiled by their self-confident certainty and whose manners were spoiled by their indelicacy and intrusiveness. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
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Duke University Press
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0961-754X
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1538-4578
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10.1215/0961754X-2009-058
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Abstract

In this introduction to the fourth part of an ongoing symposium on quietism, Perl, the editor of the sponsoring journal Common Knowledge , remarks on a new question raised in this latest grouping of articles. Can there be such a thing as a " mezza voce quietism"? Can there be activist quietists or quietist activists or active teachers of quietism without self-contradiction? Perl takes Gandhi and "passive resistance" as his own test case, concluding that Gandhi was a teacher of quietism and that satyagraha was a type of moral education directed at those (first the South Africans, then, more momentously, the British in India) whose spirits were imperiled by their self-confident certainty and whose manners were spoiled by their indelicacy and intrusiveness.

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Common KnowledgeDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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