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  1. added 2020-05-17
    Przyszłość wieloetnicznego państwa w Afryce. Perspektywa Ifeanyiego A. Menkitiego.Krzysztof Trzcinski - 2011 - In Europejczycy, Afrykanie, Inni. Studia ofiarowane Profesorowi Michałowi Tymowskiemu. Warszawa: pp. 595-619.
    W artykule tym przedstawiam i krytycznie analizuję główne wątki rozważań nigeryjskiego filozofa Ifeanyiego A. Menkitiego o przyszłości afrykańskiego państwa. Menkiti jest w pełni świadomy historycznej, etnicznej i terytorialnej specyfiki typowego pokolonialnego państwa w Afryce. Powstało ono w XX w. jako organizm charakteryzujący się bardzo głębokimi podziałami etnokulturowymi. Przebieg jego granic został jeszcze w czasach kolonialnych arbitralnie ustanowiony przez Europejczyków. W konsekwencji ich decyzji większość afrykańskich granic dzieli dziś członków wielu ludów na nominalnych obywateli różnych państw. Z drugiej strony, w granicach (...)
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    African Ethicists.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Tom Angier (ed.), Ethics: The Key Thinkers, 2nd Edition. Bloomsbury.
    Unlike the Chinese, Indian, and Western ethical traditions, the African one had not been text-based until as recently as the 1960s. Since a very large majority of indigenous sub-Saharan societies had oral cultures, there are no classic texts in the field of African ethics and hence also no Big Names; there's nothing comparable to, say, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics or Confucius’ Analects. However, some names and texts have been more influential than others in shaping ethical reflection, particularly over the past 30 (...)
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    What Does an African Ethic of Social Cohesion Entail for Social Distancing?Thaddeus Metz - 2020 - Developing World Bioethics 20 (2).
    The most prominent strand of moral thought in the African philosophical tradition is relational and cohesive, roughly demanding that we enter into community with each other. Familiar is the view that being a real person means sharing a way of life with others, perhaps even in their fate. What does such a communal ethic prescribe for the coronavirus pandemic? Might it forbid one from social distancing, at least away from intimates? Or would it entail that social distancing is wrong to (...)
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    Kilka uwag o koncepcji prezydentury rotacyjnej w państwie afrykańskim.Krzysztof Trzcinski - 2010 - Afryka 31 (32):29-44.
    Krzysztof Trzciński, 'Some Remarks on the Idea of Rotational Presidency in an African State.' The main aim of this article is to explain and analyze in a critical way the concept of the rotational presidency, proposed for an African state by a Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Gyekye. In his opinion, the presidency should be rotated between all ethnic groups. According to Gyekye, this system will allow a share of power between ethnic groups in a state, create trust in their relations and, (...)
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    Why is Globalization a Threat to Africa? A Study of the Thought of Claude Ake on African Migration to the City and Some of Its Consequences.Krzysztof Trzcinski - 2011 - In J. Tapia Quevedo M. Czerny (ed.), Metropolitan Areas in Transition. Warsaw: pp. 311-323.
    Globalization is seen positively by those to whose societies it brings measurable benefits. Claude Ake, one of the most outstanding African thinkers of the second half of the 20th century and a great advocate for constructing democracy in Africa, primarily viewed the progress of globalization in terms of its numerous dangers. In Ake's opinion, globalization negatively affects the condition of contemporary societies, whose members place increasing importance on market values and principles. He thought that when consumer identity finally triumphs over (...)
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    Legitimacy and Importance of the Traditional Authority in Africa: K.A. Appiah's Approach and Its Critique.Krzysztof Trzcinski - 2010 - Africana Bulletin 58:47-74.
    In many African states, numerous different pre-colonial systems of power – such as kingships, sultanates or chieftaincies – which have a traditional legitimacy often confirmed in colonial and post-colonial times, have survived till our day. Their role in the contemporary republican state has been studied by many African intellectuals, and the views of Kwame Anthony Appiah, a thinker originating from Ghana, are of particular interest. He believes that in order to understand the significance of traditional authority and the phenomenon of (...)
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    The Ideal of African Scholarship and its Implications for Introductory Philosophy: The Example of Placide Tempels.Patrick Giddy - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (3):504-516.
    Thinking of an academic discipline in terms of a ‘social practice’ (MacIntyre) helps in formulating what the ideal captured in the slogan ‘African scholarship’ can contribute to the discipline. For every practice is threatened by the attractiveness of goods external to the practice – in particular, competitiveness for its own sake – and to counter this virtues of character are needed. African traditional culture prioritizes a normative picture of the human person which could very well contribute here to upholding the (...)
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    The Core of African Traditional Values.David M. Maillu - 2012 - In J. N. Kanyua Mugambi & David W. Lutz (eds.), Applied Ethics in Religion and Culture: Contextual and Global Challenges. Action Publishers.
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    Ecology and Ethical Responsibility From an African Perspective.B. Bujo - 2009 - In Munyaradzi Felix Murove (ed.), African Ethics: An Anthology for Comparative and Applied Ethics. University of Kwazulu-Natal Press. pp. 281--297.
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    Is There a Specific African Ethic? Towards a Discussion with Western Thought.Benezet Bujo - 2009 - In Munyaradzi Felix Murove (ed.), African Ethics: An Anthology for Comparative and Applied Ethics. University of Kwazulu-Natal Press. pp. 113--128.
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    African Traditional Healers: Are They as Good at Economics as They Are at Medicine.Kenneth Leonard - 2009 - In Munyaradzi Felix Murove (ed.), African Ethics: An Anthology for Comparative and Applied Ethics. University of Kwazulu-Natal Press.
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    Akan Philosophy of the Person.Ajume Wingo - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Towards an African Philosophy of Education.Philip Higgs - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 37:99-106.
    In this paper I attempt to construct an African philosophy of education, focusing particularly on how notions of ubuntu and community guide educational practices.
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    Can an African Philosophy of Education Be Morally Justified.Y. Waghid - 2005 - In Yusef Waghid & Berte Van Wyk (eds.), African(a) Philosophy of Education: Reconstructions and Deconstructions. Dept. Of Education Policy Studies, Stellenbosch University. pp. 76--85.
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    The Concept of Ethics in African Traditional Society.K. James - 2002 - In Claude Sumner & Samuel Wolde Yohannes (eds.), Perspectives in African Philosophy: An Anthology on "Problematics of an African Philosophy: Twenty Years After, 1976-1996". Addis Ababa University. pp. 25.
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    The Problem of Sustainability: Traditional African or Islamic Land Ethics or Western Technological.Laura Westra - 1994 - In W. Michael Hoffman (ed.), Emerging Global Business Ethics. Quorum Books. pp. 242.
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    Social and Moral Responsibility in Traditional African Context.Hannah W. Kinoti - 1988 - In J. M. Nyasani (ed.), Philosophical Focus on Culture and Traditional Thought Systems in Development. Konrad Adenauer Foundation. pp. 121.
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    African Individualism and Development.L. Brewster - 1988 - In J. M. Nyasani (ed.), Philosophical Focus on Culture and Traditional Thought Systems in Development. Konrad Adenauer Foundation. pp. 57.
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    Gratuitous Verbal Pledges of One's Person to Another in the Context of African Culture.Gabriel M. Tlaba - 1988 - In J. M. Nyasani (ed.), Philosophical Focus on Culture and Traditional Thought Systems in Development. Konrad Adenauer Foundation. pp. 400.
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    African Theories of Meaning in Life: A Critical Assessment.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - South African Journal of Philosophy 39.
    In this article, I expound and assess two theories of meaning in life informed by the indigenous sub-Saharan African philosophical tradition. According to one principle, a life is more meaningful, the more it promotes community with other human persons. According to the other principle, a life is more meaningful, the more it promotes vitality in oneself and others. I argue that, at least upon some refinement, both of these African conceptions of meaning merit global consideration from philosophers, but that the (...)
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    Ubuntu: The Good Life (Rev. Edn).Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Filomena Maggino (ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, 2nd edn. Springer.
    Moderately updated version of this encyclopaedia entry.
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  22. added 2020-02-10
    On Dishonesty and Racism in Philosophy - Some Notes on Van den Berg’s Critique of ‘Philosophy From Africa’.Pieter Coetzee - manuscript
    I examine Dr. van den Berg’s review article of ‘’Philosophy from Africa –a text with readings’’, with a view to setting aside the false allegation concerning the racist intentions of the editors.
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    Relational Normative Thought in Ubuntu and Neo-Republicanism.Dorothea Gädeke - 2019 - In George Hull (ed.), Debating African Philosophy. Perspectives on Identity, Decolonial Ethics and Comparative Philosophy. Londen, Verenigd Koninkrijk: pp. 269-288.
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    On the Demonization and Discrimination of Akan and Yoruba Women in Ghanaian and Nigerian Video Movies.Louise Muller - 2014 - Research in African Literatures 45 (4):104-120.
    This article focuses on the religious information inside Ghanaian and Nigerian video movies regarding Akan and Yoruba women. More specifically, it focuses on the indigenous religious, Christian, and Islamic messages inside these movies in relation to women. The article demonstrates that Akan and Yoruba filmmakers, who dominate the Ghanaian and Nigerian video movie industries, are part of networks of religious institutions, predominantly Pentecostal-Charismatic Christian and modest Islamic ones. These organizations sponsor filmmakers to spread religious messages that promote hierarchical gender relations (...)
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    The Consequentialist Foundations of Traditional Yoruba Ethics: An Exposition.Babalola Joseph Balogun - 2013 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (2):103-121.
    Several treatises have been written on the foundations of African moral systems. A significant number of them favours the claim that these systems are founded on religion, with the latter providing a justification for the former. Others have taken a contrary position, denying the supposed necessary causal connection between religion and African moral systems. This paper neither seeks to support nor rebut any of the foundations proposed, but rather to argue for the thesis that from whichever perspective it is viewed (...)
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    Traditional Ethics and Social Stability: The African Experience.C. A. Ekeopara - 2007 - Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy 9 (1).
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    A Young Man Can Have the Embroidered Gown of an Elder, but He Can't Have the Rags of an Elder Conversations on Yoruba Culture.Rowland Abiodun & Ulli Beier - 1991 - Iwalewa.
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    African Personhood and Applied Ethics.Motsamai Molefe - 2020 - Grahamstown, South Africa: NISC.
    Recently, the salient idea of personhood in the tradition of African philosophy has been objected to on various grounds. Two such objections stand out – the book deals with a lot more. The first criticism is that the idea of personhood is patriarchal insofar as it elevates the status of men and marginalises women in society. The second criticism observes that the idea of personhood is characterised by speciesism. The essence of these concerns is that personhood fails to embody a (...)
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    Ubuntu and Development: An African Conception of Development.Motsamai Molefe - 2019 - Africa Today 66:97 - 115.
    This article articulates an African conception of development. I call such an account African insofar as it is based on the moral worldview of ubuntu, which is salient largely among the Bantu peoples. To articulate a conception of development, I rely on the paradigm of development ethics, which construes development as an ethical or philosophical enterprise constituted by three questions: what is a good life? what is a just society? and what duties do we owe to the environment? Answers to (...)
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    The African Ethic of Ubuntu.Thaddeus Metz - 2019 - 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology.
    Online reprint of part of an encyclopedia entry (from the Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research 2014).
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  31. added 2019-08-09
    Virtue in African Ethics as Living Harmoniously.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Chenyang Li & Dascha Düring (eds.), Harmony as Virtue (tentative title). Oxford University Press.
    A large swathe of the indigenous African ethical tradition is frequently encapsulated in the maxim, “A person is a person through other persons.” This phrasing is an overly literal translation of some sayings that are prominent in the southern and central regions of Africa, but that resonate with most indigenous sub-Saharan cultures. This chapter articulates and motivates a philosophical interpretation of the maxim for an international readership interested in virtue. According to the initial formulation, one should strive to become a (...)
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    Pursuing Knowledge for Its Own Sake Amidst a World of Poverty: Reconsidering Balogun on Philosophy’s Relevance.Thaddeus Metz - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):1-18.
    In this article I critically discuss Professor Oladele Abiodun Balogun’s reflections on the proper final ends of doing philosophy and related sorts of abstract, speculative, or theoretical inquiry. Professor Balogun appears to argue that one should undertake philosophical studies only insofar as they are likely to make a practical difference to people’s lives, particularly by contributing to politico-economic development, or, in other words, that one should eschew seeking knowledge for its own sake. However, there is one line of thought from (...)
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    How to Report on War in the Light of an African Ethic.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Edwin Etieyibo (eds.), Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy. Springer. pp. ch. 20.
    While there is a budding literature on media ethics in the light of characteristic sub-Saharan moral values, there is virtually nothing on wartime reporting more specifically. Furthermore, the literature insofar as it has a bearing on wartime reporting suggests that embedded journalism and patriotic journalism are ethically justified during war. In this essay, I sketch a prima facie attractive African moral theory, grounded on a certain interpretation of the value of communal relationship, and bring out what it entails for the (...)
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    How to Ground Animal Rights on African Values: A Constructive Approach (Repr.).Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Jonathan Chimakonam (ed.), African Philosophy and Environmental Conservation. Routledge. pp. 30-41.
    Reprint of a 2017 article from the Journal of Animal Ethics.
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    African Philosophy Through Ubuntu.Mogobe B. Ramose - 1999
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    The Spirituality of African Peoples the Search for a Common Moral Discourse.Peter J. Paris - 1995
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    Community and Morality in African Thought: A Critique of Tempels' Bantu Ontology; its Impact and its Implications for the Role of Community in African Moral Thinking.D. Elliott Wreh-Wilson - 1994 - Dissertation, Boston University
    This dissertation is a critical evaluation of Placide Tempels' account of African thought as outlined in his book Bantu Philosophy. ;The purpose of the dissertation is to examine Tempels' thesis that African thought, as it relates to ethics, is founded on a religious understanding of the world; a world in which humans, referred to as "forces", are portrayed as sharing in the being of God, the Supreme Force, through the exercise of "vital activities". ;This view of African thought has exercised (...)
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    African Biocomnuinitarianism and Australian Dreamtime.J. Baird Callicott - forthcoming - Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence.
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    Racism: A Challenge to South African Universities.Mma Gray & Aj Bernstein - forthcoming - Theoria.
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    Morality, Art, and African Philosophy: A Response to Wiredu.Parker English & Nancy Steele Hamme - forthcoming - African Philosophy: Selected Readings Englewood Cliffs. Nj: Prentice Hall.
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    The Menkiti-Gyekye Conversation: Framing Persons.Peter Amato - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):34-47.
    Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “Person and Community in African Traditional Thought” is criticized from the standpoint that the author assumes a dichotomous framework taken over in his decision to articulate the African view of the person in the idiom of modern philosophy. Kwame Gyekye’s critique of Menkiti in “Person and Community in Akan Thought” is also scrutinized to see if it manages to break free from this framework. I conclude by calling for a departure from quasi-scientific approaches to human nature and experience (...)
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    Ethnophilosophy and Public Morality in an African Tribe.Uche A. Dike - 2015 - Open Journal of Philosophy 5 (3):171-175.
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    Communalism as a Theory of Justice and the Human Person in African Culture.Dorothy Oluwagbemi-Jacob - 2014 - Philosophy Study 4 (4).
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    Re-Examination of Igbo Values System, and the Igbo Personality: A Kantian and African Comparative Perspective.K. C. Ani Casmir, Emmanuel Ome & Ambrose Nwankwo - 2014 - Open Journal of Philosophy 4 (3):397-403.
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    Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations.Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor - 2014 - University of Notre Dame Press.
    Given the largely Eurocentric nature of moral theology in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, what will it take to invest the theological community in the history and moral challenges of the Church in other parts of the world, especially Africa? What is to be gained for the whole Church when this happens in a deep and lasting way? In this timely and important study, Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor brings greater theological clarity to the issue of the relationship between Christianity (...)
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    The Relevance of Kom Ethics to African Development.Mbih Jerome Tosam - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophy 2 (3):36.
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    Taking Into Account African Philosophy: An Impetus to Amend the Agenda of Philosophy of Education.Yusef Waghid & Paulus Smeyers - unknown
    Sceptics of an Africanisation of education have often lambasted its proponents for re-inventing something that has very little, if any, role to play in contemporary African society. The contributors to this issue hold a different view and, through the papers included in this issue, arguments are proffered in defence of an Africanisation of education on the African continent, particularly through the notion of ubuntu. Since the 1960s, Africana philosophy as an instance of Africanisation has emerged as a gathering notion for (...)
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    Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2006 - Lexington Books.
    This book examines the idea of communalism in African cultures as a dominant philosophical theme that provides the conceptual foundation for African traditional moral thoughts, moral education, values, beliefs, conceptions of reality, practices, ways of life, and the now popular African saying, 'it takes a village to raise a child.' It defends communalism against various criticisms and argues that when properly understood and harnessed, it could provide the necessary foundation for Africa's development.
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    Morality, Art and African Philosophy: A Response to Wiredu.E. Parker & N. Steele-Hamme - 1995 - African Philosophy: Selected Readings. Englewood Cliffs, Nj: Prentice Hall 1995:407-420.
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    African Famine: New Economic and Ethical Perspective.George R. Lucas - 1990 - Journal of Philosophy 87 (11):629-641.
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