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The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955

Leela Gandhi


This book is an ethical history of democracy in the first half of the twentieth-century. In this era, Leela Gandhi argues, the concept of ethics had obtained a ubiquitous application. No longer the denominator for right and wrong or good and bad behavior, merely, it came to designate all projects of disciplined self-fashioning. These could tend either toward exclusivity and hierarchy or toward a more inclusive universalism, depending on the players. Gandhi discloses a shared ethos of perfectionist values across imperialism, fascism, and new liberalism, and highlights its exclusion of the ordin ... More

Keywords: democracy, ethics, anti-care of the self, perfectionism, moral imperfectionism, totalitarianism, imperialism, fascism, new liberalism, twentieth-century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226019871
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226020075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leela Gandhi, author

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