Toward an African moral theory

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dc.contributor.author Metz, Thaddeus
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-01T06:55:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-01T06:55:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04-01T06:55:30Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/2416
dc.description The Journal of political philosophy, 15(3): 321-341, 2007 en
dc.description.abstract In this article I articulate and defend an African moral theory, i.e., a basic and general principle grounding all particular duties that is informed by sub-Saharan values commonly associated with talk of "ubuntu" and cognate terms that signify personhood or humanness. The favoured interpretation of ubuntu is the principle that an action is right insofar as it respects harmonious relationships, ones in which people identify with, and exhibit solidarity toward, one another. I maintain that this is the most defensible moral theory with an African pedigree and that it should be developed further with an eye to rivalling dominant Western theories such as utilitarianism and Kantianism. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Copyright approved by The Journal of political philosophy en
dc.subject African ethics en
dc.subject Sub-Saharan morality en
dc.subject Normative ethics en
dc.subject Right action en
dc.title Toward an African moral theory en
dc.type Article en

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