Doug Allen, who served as President of the SACP, 2001-2004, edited The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the 21st Century (Lexington Books, 2008, and Oxford University Press Delhi, 2009).
Five of the 12 contributors to the book have been active in the SACP.
During 2009-2010, Doug has been in India on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship, working on “Mahatma Gandhi and Violence, Terrorism, and the Contemporary World,” as well as writing a new book on Gandhi’s philosophy. While in India, he gave 25 major lectures, including the Keynote Address at 5 national and international conferences. This has been a year of challenging and fulfilling experiences with valuable contacts, stimulating interactions, and new adventures.
Major lectures included:
- The Plenary Lecture on “My Experiments with Truth: Applying Hind Swaraj, Successes and Failures,” Hind Swaraj Centenary International Conference, Delhi
- “Philosophy for the Future,” UNESCO World Philosophy Day
- Keynote Lecture on “Hind Swaraj: Hermeneutical Questions of Interpretation, Mythic Construction, and Contemporary Relevance,” Baroda
- Keynote Lecture on “Hind Swaraj after 100 Years: Its Importance for Human Rights Today,” Mumbai
- Keynote Lecture on “Peacebuilding in the 21st Century: Gandhian Approaches,” Banaras Hindu University
- University Distinguished Lecture “Mahatma Gandhi and Violence Today: Economic Violence and Swaraj,” University of Hyderabad
- Keynote Lecture on “Rewriting Marginality: Minority Literature, Hermeneutical Insights, and Gandhian Challenges,” Aurangabad
- Plenary Lecture on “Asian Philosophies in Times of Globalization,” First Asian Philosophy Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru University.