In P. H. Coetzee & A. P. J. Roux (eds.), Philosophy from Africa: a text with readings. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. pp. 273-286 (2003)

Pieter Coetzee
Universität Gesamthochschule Kassel
In this paper I attempt to show how the African philosopher - Kwasi Wiredu - constructs an ethnic perspectival model of ethics from the structure of kinship relations found among the Akans of Ghana. The specifics of this structure generate a notion of particularity in morals, which is carried from its origins in civic society, through a process of contested dialogue, into civil society where it is validated as norm-setter in an actual public forum of debate. The dynamics of this forum ensures that the renewal of tradition remains an ongoing process and that a participatory ethos remains ascendant. I hope that my interpretation and reconstruction of Wiredu is correct. I have not attempted to cover the entire picture of Akan ethics, but only that part of it which deals with members of Akan society, and not strangers.
Keywords African philosophy  Communitarian ethics  Kwasi Wiredu
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