Ubuntu, Ukama and the Healing of Nature, Self and Society

Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (s2):56-67 (2012)
The erosion of the three interlocking dimensions of nature, society and self is the consequence of what Felix Guattari referred to as integrated world capitalism (IWC). In South Africa the erosion of nature, society and self is also the consequence of centuries of colonialism and decades of apartheid. In this paper I wish to explore how the African philosophy of ubuntu (humanness), which appears to be anthropocentric, might be invoked to contribute to the healing of the three ecologies—how healing of the social might transversally effect healing of nature and the self. My theoretical exploration has relevance to education in South Africa, given that a mandate of national curriculum policy is that indigenous knowledge systems form part of the discursive terrains of all school learning areas/subjects
Keywords self and society  Ubuntu  nature  ukama
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00795.x
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Lynn White Jr (forthcoming). The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis. Environmental Ethics: Readings in Theory and Application, Belmont: Wadsworth Company.

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