[CSH Seminar] Gandhi, Truth and Death

Event Details

The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) is pleased to invite you to a Seminar session (n°11) on:

Gandhi, Truth and Death


Shaj Mohan (Philosopher)

Monday, 29 April 2019, 5 p.m. onwards

[Join us for tea and coffee at 4:30 p.m.]

At Centre de Sciences Humaines, Conference Room (ground floor)

2, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi, 110011

(Illustration credit: Truth Coming Out of Her Well by Jean-Léon Gérôme)


Gandhi’s name has consecrated a mythic relation to those concepts which are named by “truth”. One teaches little children, across the world, to confess the truth of their truancies and errancies using the example of Gandhi. The adults who have grown into the orders of wisdom dream of the “spiritual” truth, as Gandhi himself did. In the demand for the coherence between words and deeds we recall Gandhi’s maxims so that we remain true across words and matters. Gandhi’s writings traversed all the senses of truth—coherence given by the consistency between words and deeds, truth-telling given by confessions and admissions, truth of the soul as revealed by the “nightly emissions” of the body, truth obtained through unveiling secrecy, truth of the world as given by the vow taken by the Maker of Truth. Gandhi sought to refine each of these distinct denominations of truth while seeking to determine the ground of all such denominations in the concept of the “vow” as a relation which obtains a testable unfolding of effects of truth. The adherence to truth as the ground of all things—even of the Maker—allowed him to deploy truth as a political notion which is simultaneously moral and religious. In this sense it is important to attend to the classical denominations of truth in philosophy while remaining alert to the political deployments of truth in order to understand what truth is for Gandhi. But what is more important is to be guided by a question that was never posed explicitly by Gandhi—Is the mortal compelled to dream of truth forever?


Shaj Mohan is a philosopher based in the Subcontinent. His research interests and publications include philosophy of technology, metaphysics, reason, politics and truthness. He is the co-author with Divya Dwivedi of Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics (2018).

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