David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Moral Education 39 (3):273-290 (2010)
In this article we provide a theoretical reconstruction of sub-Saharan ethics that we argue is a strong competitor to typical Western approaches to morality. According to our African moral theory, actions are right roughly insofar as they are a matter of living harmoniously with others or honouring communal relationships. After spelling out this ethic, we apply it to several issues in both normative and empirical research into morality. With regard to normative research, we compare and contrast this African moral theory with utilitarianism and Kantianism in the context of several practical issues. With regard to empirical research, we compare and contrast our sub-Saharan ethic with several of Lawrence Kohlberg’s views on the nature of morality. Our aim is to highlight respects in which the African approach provides a unitary foundation for a variety of normative and empirical conclusions that are serious alternatives to dominant Western views.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Michael B. Adeyemi & Augustus A. Adeyinka (2003). The Principles and Content of African Traditional Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory 35 (4):425–440.
Richard H. Bell (2002). Understanding African Philosophy: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Classical and Contemporary Issues. Routledge.
Josephine Donovan & Carol J. Adams (2007). The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics. Columbia University Press.
Carolyn P. Edwards (1975). Societal Complexity and Moral Development. Ethos 3 (4):505-527.
Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.) (2010). Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World. Oxford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Moeketsi Letseka (2012). In Defence of Ubuntu. Studies in Philosophy and Education 31 (1):47-60.
Thaddeus Metz (2010). A Dilemma Regarding Academic Freedom and Public Accountability in Higher Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 44 (4):529-549.
Philip Higgs (2012). African Philosophy and the Decolonisation of Education in Africa: Some Critical Reflections. Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (s2):37-55.
Lesley Le Grange (2012). Ubuntu, Ukama, Environment and Moral Education. Journal of Moral Education 41 (3):329-340.
Similar books and articles
Thaddeus Metz (2013). The Western Ethic of Care or an Afro-Communitarian Ethic?: Finding the Right Relational Morality. Journal of Global Ethics 9 (1):77-92.
Thaddeus Metz (2010). African and Western Moral Theories in a Bioethical Context. Developing World Bioethics 10 (1):49-58.
Thaddeus Metz (2007). Toward an African Moral Theory. Journal of Political Philosophy 15 (3):321–341.
Domoka Lucinda Manda, The Importance of the African Ethics of Ubuntu and Traditional African Healing Systems for Black South African Women's Health in the Context of HIV and AIDS.
Thaddeus Metz (2013). African Ethics. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Blackwell. 129-38.
Daniel A. Bell & Thaddeus Metz (2011). Confucianism and Ubuntu: Reflections on a Dialogue Between Chinese and African Traditions. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 38 (supp):78-95.
Thaddeus Metz (2012). Ethics in Aristotle and in Africa: Some Points of Contrast. Phronimon 13 (2):99-117.
Munyaradzi Felix Murove (ed.) (2009). African Ethics: An Anthology of Comparative and Applied Ethics. University of Kwazulu-Natal Press.
Thaddeus Metz (2013). The Virtues of African Ethics. In Stan van Hooft (ed.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Acumen Publishing. 276-84.
Thaddeus Metz (2010). Recent Work in African Ethics. Journal of Moral Education 39 (3):381-391.
Thaddeus Metz (2013). Two Conceptions of African Ethics. Quest 25:141-61.
Thaddeus Metz (2012). Developing African Political Philosophy: Moral-Theoretic Strategies. Philosophia Africana 14 (1):61-83.
Nhlanhla Mkhize (2008). Ubuntu and Harmony : An African Approach to Morality and Ethics. In Ronald Nicolson (ed.), Persons in Community: African Ethics in a Global Culture. University of Kwazulu-Natal Press.
Heidi Verhoef & Claudine Michel (1997). Studying Morality Within the African Context: A Model of Moral Analysis and Construction. Journal of Moral Education 26 (4):389-407.
Thaddeus Metz (2009). The Final Ends of Higher Education in Light of an African Moral Theory. Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (2):179-201.
Added to index2010-09-02
Total downloads116 ( #10,627 of 1,413,429 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #41,957 of 1,413,429 )
How can I increase my downloads?