Nietzsche and Ubuntu

South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (1):85-97 (2007)
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Here I argue that aspects of Nietzsche's thought may be productively compared with the role played by the concept of ubuntu in talk of cultural renaissance in South Africa. I show that Nietzsche respects and writes for humanity conceived of in a vital sense, thereby imagining a sense of authenticity that may prove significant to talk of cultural renaissance in South Africa. I question the view that Nietzsche is an individualist, drawing on debate between Conway (1990) and Gooding-Williams (2001), concerning the interpretation of ‘The Dance-Song' in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, as well as on the notion of reciprocity intrinsic to the concept of ubuntu (Shutte, 1993). South African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 26 (1) 2007: pp. 85-97



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Rebecca Bamford
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Zarathustra’s Dionysian Modernism.Robert Gooding-Williams - 2001 - Stanford: Stanford University Press.
A Moral Ideal for Everyone and No One.Daniel W. Conway - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (2):17-29.

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