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  1. added 2019-03-15
    African Ethics.Björn Freter - forthcoming - In Björn Freter & Elvis Imafidon (eds.), Handbook of African Philosophy: Key Subject Areas. Dordrecht, New York: Springer.
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    “Should Women Love ‘Wisdom’? Evaluating the Ethiopian Wisdom Tradition".Gail Presbey - 2013 - African Philosophy in Ethiopia: Ethiopian Philosophical Studies, II.
    After introducing the reader to the larger project of Claude Sumner, S.J., who gathered medieval and early modern Ethiopian philosophical texts written in Ge'ez and provided them in English translation, and then gave his own analysis of the texts, the article goes on to raise the need to engage in a feminist critique of at least one of the texts called "The Teachings and Maxims of Skendes." This particular text imparts wisdom to men, cautioning them to beware of women. Thus, (...)
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    Kenyan Sages on Equality of the Sexes.Gail Presbey - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2):111-145.
    This article traces the larger theme of egalitarianism within the context of equality of the sexes throughout H. Odera Oruka’s interviews with Kenyan sages, whom he asked to share their views on the topic. Often, the sages asserted men’s superiority to women. This paper analyses the sages’ responses, as well as Odera Oruka’s rejoinders to their comments. I have broadened my study to include five sages interviewed by Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo, included in his dissertation completed under Odera Oruka’s supervision (1994). I (...)
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    Akan-Chiefs und Königsmütter im heutigen Ghana: Beispiele für Demokratie und verantwortliche Autoritäten?Gail Presbey - 1998 - Polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy 1 (2):43-57.
    In this article, Presbey engages in the discussion about consensus oriented political systems in Africa, how they can be understood as democratic, and how a currently recommendable system of democracy could be inspired by them. With reference to some interviews that she herself conducted with Akan queenmothers in Ghana, utilizing the sage philosophy approach, Presbey discusses Wiredu's and Gyekye'e recent evaluations of the consensus principle in the political system of the Akan. The discussion also takes up critical remarks of Eze (...)
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    Addiction in the Light of African Values: Undermining Vitality and Community.Thaddeus Metz - 2019 - In Yamikani Ndasauka & Grivas Kayange (eds.), Addiction in South and East Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. ch. 2.
    Reprint of an article that first appeared in Monash Bioethics Review (2018).
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    Addiction in the Light of African Values: Undermining Vitality and Community.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - Monash Bioethics Review 36 (1):36-53.
    In this article I address the question of what makes addiction morally problematic, and seek to answer it by drawing on values salient in the sub-Saharan African philosophical tradition. Specifically, I appeal to life-force and communal relationship, each of which African philosophers have at times advanced as a foundational value, and spell out how addiction, or at least salient instances of it, could be viewed as unethical for flouting them. I do not seek to defend either vitality or community as (...)
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    Confucianism and Ubuntu: Reflections on a Dialogue Between Chinese and African Traditions.Daniel A. Bell & Thaddeus Metz - 2012 - In Chung-Ying Cheng (ed.), Confucian Philosophy: Innovations and Transformations. Wiley. pp. ch. 7.
    Reprint of an article appearing in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy (2011).
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  8. added 2018-09-11
    An African Theory of Good Leadership.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Josef Wieland & Julika Baumann Montecinos (eds.), Sub-Saharan Perspectives on Transcultural Leadership. Metropolis. pp. 41-63.
    Reprint of an article from the African Journal of Business Ethics (2018).
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    Consciencism, Ubuntu, and Justice.Martin Ajei & Richmond Kwesi - manuscript
    Mkhwanazi (2017) has argued that Consciencism is an “expression of ubuntu” and that it “represents the essential elements of ubuntu”. Both Consciencism and ubuntu, according to him, are engaged with the re-humanization of African society for they both advocate for the restitution of humanist and egalitarian principles found in traditional African societies. In this paper, we argue that while Consciencism and ubuntu share common principles, the one cannot be understood as an expression or representation of the other. Rather, the principles (...)
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    An African Theory of Good Leadership.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - African Journal of Business Ethics 12 (2):36-53.
    This article draws on the indigenous African tradition of philosophy to ground a moral-philosophical theory of leadership that is intended to rival accounts in the East Asian and Western traditions. After providing an interpretation of the characteristically sub-Saharan value of communion, the article advances a philosophical account of a good leader as one who creates, sustains, and enriches communal relationships and enables others to do so. The article then applies this account to a variety of topics, including what the proper (...)
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    Ethical Principles and Practices in Africa.Rose Ogbechie & Nicholas Chukwudike Anakwue - 2018 - In Abel Kinoti Meru & Uchenna Uzo (eds.), Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 20: Indigenous Management Practices in Africa: A Guide For Educators and Practitioners. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. pp. 205-219.
    The demand for sustainability in business and sound management training is becoming more resonant in a steadily evolving Africa. With a vast expansion of Africa’s socio-economic base, and viable possibilities for technological, social and economic development, the balancing influence of management ethics cannot be overstated. The historical lessons from the Western business world in corporate scandals and financial misdemeanor clearly reveal to the emergent economies and businesses of developing Africa, the weighty costs of unethical business practice. People require that business (...)
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  12. added 2018-08-01
    Community, Individuality and Reciprocity in Menkiti.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Polycarp A. Ikuenobe & Edwin Etieyibo (eds.), Themes in Menkiti's Philosophy (tentative title). Rowman and Littlefield.
    Over four decades Ifeanyi Menkiti has composed a variety of essays that bear on the question of which sort of community has a moral significance from a characteristically African perspective. In this chapter, I critically discuss the conceptions of community that Menkiti has advanced, in search of the one that would most enable him to avoid prominent moral objections made to his views over the years. In particular, he has most often been criticized for insufficiently recognizing individual rights to difference, (...)
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    An African Theory of the Point of Higher Education: Communion as an Alternative to Autonomy, Truth, and Citizenship.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Amasa Ndofirepi & Ephraim Gwaravanda (eds.), African Higher Education in the 21st Century: Some Philosophical Dimensions. Sense Publishers.
    Reprint of an essay first appearing in _Contemporary Philosophical Proposals for the University: Toward a Philosophy of Higher Education_ (2018).
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    How to Ground Animal Rights on African Values: A Constructive Approach.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Edwin Etieyibo (ed.), Method, Substance and the Future of African Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 275-290.
    Reprinted with minor modifications from an article first appearing in the Journal of Animal Ethics (2017).
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    A Theory of National Reconciliation: Some Insights From Africa.Thaddeus Metz - 2015 - In Claudio Corradetti, Nir Eisikovits & Jack Rotondi (eds.), Theorizing Transitional Justice. Ashgate. pp. 119-35.
    In this chapter I articulate and defend a basic principle capturing the underlying structure of an attractive sort of national reconciliation that accounts for a wide array of disparate judgments about the subject. There are extant theories of national reconciliation in the literature, most of which are informed by Kantian, liberal-democratic and similar perspectives. In contrast to these, I spell out a theory grounded on a comparatively underexplored sub-Saharan ethic. My foremost aim is to demonstrate how African ideals about communal (...)
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    Philosophy From Africa: A Text with Readings.P. H. Coetzee & A. P. J. Roux (eds.) - 1998 - Johannesburg: International Thomson Publishing ITP.
    From early sage philosophers to Leopold Senghor of Senegal and Steve Biko of South Africa, African thinking has challenged the way we think. As we enter a new millenium, the perspectives provided in this volume offer wise and refreshing alternatives to problems of self and society, culture, aesthetics, metaphysics and religion. Out of Africa always something new, and in these pages contemporary problems of cross-cultural cognition and post-coloniality are not only addressed, but also enacted. The reader witnesses the collision and (...)
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    The African Philosophy Reader: A Text with Readings.P. H. Coetzee & A. P. J. Roux (eds.) - 1998 - London: Routledge.
    Divided into eight sections, each with introductory essays, the selections offer rich and detailed insights into a diverse multinational philosophical landscape. Revealed in this pathbreaking work is the way in which traditional philosophical issues related to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, for instance, take on specific forms in Africa's postcolonial struggles. Much of its moral, political, and social philosophy is concerned with the turbulent processes of embracing modern identities while protecting ancient cultures.
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  18. added 2018-02-10
    Must African Communitarianism Occlude Difference?Thaddeus Metz - 2019 - In Elvis Imafidon (ed.), Handbook of the African Philosophy of Difference. Springer. pp. ch. 2.
    There has been the recurrent suspicion that community, harmony, cohesion and similar relational goods as understood in the African ethical tradition threaten to occlude difference. Often it has been Western defenders of liberty who have raised the concern that these characteristically sub-Saharan values fail to account adequately for individuality, although some contemporary African thinkers have expressed the same concern. In this chapter, I provide a certain understanding of the sub-Saharan value of communal relationship and demonstrate that it entails a substantial (...)
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    African Ubuntu Philosophy and Global Management.David W. Lutz - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 84 (S3):313-328.
    In our age of globalization, we need a theory of global management consistent with our common human nature. The place to begin in developing such a theory is the philosophy of traditional cultures. The article focuses on African philosophy and its fruitfulness for contributing to a theory of management consistent with African traditional cultures. It also looks briefly at the Confucian and Platonic-Aristotelian traditions and notes points of agreement with African traditions. It concludes that the needed theory of global management (...)
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  20. added 2017-12-20
    Title TBA.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Paul Tembe (ed.), Africa-China Cross-cultural Communication. Africa World Press.
  21. added 2017-12-20
    Humility and the African Ethic of Ubuntu.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Mark Alfano, Alessandra Tanesini & Michael Lynch (eds.), Handbook on the Philosophy of Humility. Routledge.
    This chapter explores prominent respects in which humility figures into not just the Afro-relational ethic of ubuntu, but also the epistemic perspectives that are usually associated with it in regard to moral knowledge. Focusing on philosophical ideas published in academic fora over the past 50 years or so, the chapter contends that, although the concept of humility has not often been explicitly invokedin them to make sense of African morality and epistemology , it is a useful lens through which to (...)
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  22. added 2017-09-14
    Relational Ethics and Partiality: A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’.Motsamai Molefe - 2017 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 64 (152):53-76.
    In this article, I question the plausibility of Metz’s African moral theory from an oft-neglected moral topic of partiality. Metz defends an Afro-communitarian moral theory that posits that the rightness of actions is entirely definable by relationships of identity and solidarity (or, friendship). I offer two objections to this relational moral theory. First, I argue that justifying partiality strictly by invoking relationships (of friendship) ultimately fails to properly value the individual for her own sake – this is called the ‘focus (...)
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  23. added 2017-08-29
    La Philosophie au-delà de nos frontières: le cas de l'éthique africaine (Philosophy beyond the Boundaries: The Case of African Ethics).Thaddeus Metz & Pius Mosima (eds.) - forthcoming - Harmattan.
    A collection of several articles on African moral and political philosophy by Thaddeus Metz, translated into French by Emmanuel Fopa, and edited and introduced by Pius Mosima of the University of Bamenda, Cameroon.
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    Ubuntu, Christianity and Two Kinds of Reconciliation.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Mohammed Girma (ed.), The Healing of Memories: African Christian Responses to Politically Induced Trauma. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. pp. 137-157.
    I consider the implications of two globally influential love-centred value systems for how to respond to painful memories that are a consequence of large-scale social conflict. More specifically, I articulate a moral-philosophical interpretation of the sub-Saharan worldview of ubuntu, and consider what it entails for responding to such trauma. According to this ethic, one should strive to become a real person, which one can do insofar as one honours those capable of communal (or broadly loving) relationships, ones of identity and (...)
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  25. added 2017-07-09
    An African Theory of Moral Status: A Relational Alternative to Individualism and Holism.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Munamato Chemhuru (ed.), African Environmental Ethics. Springer.
    Reprint of an article that initially appeared in _Ethical Theory and Moral Practice_ (2012).
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  26. added 2017-05-14
    How to Ground Animal Rights on African Values: A Constructive Approach.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Jonathan Chimakonam (ed.), African Philosophy and Environmental Conservation. Routledge. pp. 30-41.
    Reprint of a mildly revised article that initially appeared in the Journal of Animal Ethics (2017).
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    Crime, Punishment, and the Proportionality Factor in Contemporary Society.Adebayo A. Aina - 2016 - Philosophia Africana 18 (1):9-20.
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    Good and Beautiful: A Moral-Aesthetic View of Personhood in African Communal Traditions.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2016 - Essays in Philosophy 17 (1):125-163.
    I articulate an African view of personhood that combines beauty and goodness–aesthetic and moral features. I discuss the idea of communalism, which provides the social and moral values and belief system that give meaning to this view of personhood. I use ideas from some African ethnic traditions, or some people’s account of these traditions, as examples to illustrate this view. The similarities in these examples from different ethnic traditions indicate that it is reasonable to characterize this view as a common (...)
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    'Proverbs as Language Signposts in Yoruba Pragmatic Ethics.Niyi Oladeji - 1988 - Second Order: An African Journal of Philosophy, New Series 1 (2):45-55.
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    Against African Communalism.Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò - 2016 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 24 (1):81-100.
    Communalism and its cognates continue to exercise a vise grip on the African intellectual imaginary. Whether the discussion is in ethics or social philosophy, in metaphysics or even, on occasion, epistemology, the play of communalism, a concept expounded in the next section, is so strong that it is difficult to escape its ubiquity. In spite of this, there is little serious analysis of the concept and its implications in the contemporary context. Yet, at no other time than now can a (...)
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    Using the African Teleological View of Existence to Interpret Environmental Ethics.Munamato Chemhuru - 2016 - Philosophia Africana 18 (1):41-51.
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    The Question of Happiness in African Philosophy.Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (4):513-522.
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    Educating for Ubuntu/Botho : Lessons From Basotho Indigenous Education.Moeketsi Letseka - 2013 - Open Journal of Philosophy 3 (2):337-344.
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    Barry Hallen, The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful: Discourse About Values in Yoruba Culture Reviewed By.Bruce B. Janz - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (5):337-339.
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    AZT in Africa.M. H. Kottow - 1999 - Journal of Clinical Ethics 10 (2):166.
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    Evil in Yoruba Religion and Culture.E. O. Oyelade - 1997 - In William Cenkner (ed.), Evil and the Response of World Religion. Paragon House. pp. 157--169.
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    Proverbial Oppression of Women in Yoruba African Culture: A Philosophical Overview.O. A. Balogun - 2010 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 2 (1):21-36.
    This paper posits that there are elements of oppression in some of the Yoruba proverbs that relate to women. It argues that these proverbs violate the rights and dignity of women, and that they are indicators of discrimination against women in Yoruba culture. The paper further argues that the most fundamental but neglected aspect in gender discourse lies in the proverbial resources of the community. The paper provides textual evidence of proverbial oppression of the feminine gender in Yoruba culture, and (...)
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    Globalisation and the Development of Positive Human Values in Africa.Temisan Ebijuwa - 2007 - In Philosophy and Social Change: Discourse on Values in Africa. Hope Publications. pp. 163--172.
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    Yoruba Traditional Values and the Preservation of Democracy.S. Lawrence Adesokan - 2001 - In Gbola Aderibigbe & Deji Ayegboyin (eds.), Religion and Social Ethics. National Association for the Study of Religions and Education (Nasred). pp. 68.
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    Fraud and the African Renaissance.Christine Gichure - 2000 - Business Ethics: A European Review 9 (4):236-247.
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    The Responsible African.Paul Foster - 1964 - New Blackfriars 46 (534):157-161.
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    Distributive Justice as a Matter of Love: A Relational Approach to Liberty and Property.Thaddeus Metz - 2019 - In Ingolf Dalferth (ed.), Love and Justice. Mohr Siebeck. pp. 339-352.
    Usually a relational approach, such as one appealing to care or love, is contrasted with an account of justice. In this chapter, however, I argue that distributive justice is well conceived as itself a matter of honouring people in virtue of their capacity to love and to be loved. After spelling out a familiar conception of love, I explain how treating people with respect in light of this capacity provides a plausible basis for human rights, one that rivals influential individualist (...)
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    An African Theory of the Point of Higher Education: Communion as an Alternative to Autonomy, Truth, and Citizenship.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Aaron Stoller & Eli Kramer (eds.), Contemporary Philosophical Proposals for the University: Toward a Philosophy of Higher Education. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 161-186.
    I seek to advance enquiry into the point of a public higher education institution by drawing on ideals salient in the sub-Saharan African philosophical tradition. There are relational, and specifically communal, values prominently held by African thinkers that I use to ground a promising rival to the dominant contemporary Western, and especially Anglo-American, accounts of what a university ultimately ought to strive to achieve, which focus mainly on autonomy, truth, and citizenship. My aims are not merely comparative, contrasting an Afro-communal (...)
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    How the West Was One: The Western as Individualist, the African as Communitarian.Thaddeus Metz - 2017 - In Michael Peters & Carl Mika (eds.), The Dilemma of Western Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 51-60.
    Reprint of an article initially appearing in Educational Philosophy and Theory (2015).
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    Custom and Morality: A Comparative Analysis of Some African and Western Conceptions of Morals.Kwasi Wiredu - forthcoming - African Philosophy: Selected Readings, Ed. Mosley, Ag Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs.
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    Breyten Breytenbach and the South African Prison Book.J. U. Jacobs - forthcoming - Theoria.
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    Polycarp A. Ikuenobe, Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions.L. R. Gordon - 2007 - Philosophy in Review 27 (2):119.
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    Revealing a Popular South African Deceit.Andrew Spiegel - 2003 - In Patricia Caplan (ed.), The Ethics of Anthropology: Debates and Dilemmas. Routledge. pp. 210.
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    Sex, Custom, and Psychology: A Study of South African Pagan Natives.V. G. Sheddick - 1938 - The Eugenics Review 30 (3):213.
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    Prison Reform and Prisoner's Rights in the Light of the New South African Constitution, 1993.G. L. Gordon - forthcoming - Nexus.
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