Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics

Psychology Press (2004)
Abstract
This work is a critical examination of Maat, the moral ideal in ancient Egypt. It seeks to present Maat in the language of modern moral discourse while at the same time preserving and building on its distinctiveness as a moral ideal capable of inspiring and maintaining ethical philosophic reflection. The effort here is one of both interpretation and transmission of an ethical tradition, a project in which tradition is seen not simply as a precondition and process in which one comes, but also as an ongoing product of one's efforts to understand it. Locating himself within the tradition, the author seeks to test the conceptual elasticity of its major categories and contentions and to establish its capacity for critical moral discourse
Keywords Maat (Egyptian deity  Philosophy, Egyptian  Ethics
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Call number BL2450.M33.K37 2004
ISBN(s) 0415947537   9780415947534
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