Journal of Moral Education 39 (3):273-290 (2010)

Authors
Thaddeus Metz
University of Pretoria
Abstract
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)
DOI 10.1080/03057240.2010.497609
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,268
External links

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

Ethics.William K. Frankena - 1963 - Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall.
Moral Relativism Defended.Gilbert Harman - 1975 - Philosophical Review 84 (1):3-22.
The Moral Point of View: A Rational Basis of Ethics.Kurt Baier - 1958 - Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

View all 48 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Just the Beginning for Ubuntu: Reply to Matolino and Kwindingwi.Thaddeus Metz - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (1):65-72.

View all 38 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

African and Western Moral Theories in a Bioethical Context.Thaddeus Metz - 2010 - Developing World Bioethics 10 (1):49-58.
Toward an African Moral Theory.Thaddeus Metz - 2007 - Journal of Political Philosophy 15 (3):321–341.
African Ethics.Thaddeus Metz - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Blackwell. pp. 129-38.
The Virtues of African Ethics.Thaddeus Metz - 2013 - In Stan van Hooft (ed.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Acumen Publishing. pp. 276-84.
Recent Work in African Ethics.Thaddeus Metz - 2010 - Journal of Moral Education 39 (3):381-391.
The Final Ends of Higher Education in Light of an African Moral Theory.Thaddeus Metz - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (2):179-201.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-09-02

Total views
327 ( #27,071 of 2,444,875 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
17 ( #42,626 of 2,444,875 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes