Journal of Global Ethics 9 (1):77-92 (2013)

Authors
Thaddeus Metz
University of Pretoria
Abstract
In her essay ‘The Curious Coincidence of Feminine and African Moralities’ (1987), Sandra Harding was perhaps the first to note parallels between a typical Western feminist ethic and a characteristically African, i.e., indigenous sub-Saharan, approach to morality. Beyond Harding’s analysis, one now frequently encounters the suggestion, in a variety of discourses in both the Anglo-American and sub-Saharan traditions, that an ethic of care and an African ethic are more or less the same or share many commonalities. While the two ethical perspectives are indeed sisters, in this article I argue, first, that they are not identical twins, and, more strongly, that the family resemblance between the two is significantly less than has been recognized. I highlight key differences between representative forms of an ethic of care and a sub-Saharan communitarian morality, after which I argue, second, that the latter better captures some central feminist concerns and moral considerations generally. That is, I maintain that an African ideal of community, when understood in a philosophically refined way, provides an important, relational corrective to the ethic of care.
Keywords Ethic of care  African ethics  Relational morality
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/17449626.2012.756421
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: 62,481
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

Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?Susan Moller Okin (ed.) - 1999 - Princeton University Press.

View all 44 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

An African Theory of Good Leadership.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - African Journal of Business Ethics 12 (2):36-53.
Core Aspects of Ubuntu: A Systematic Review.C. Ewuoso & S. Hall - 2019 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 12 (2):93.

View all 15 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Review: Caring and Evil. [REVIEW]Claudia Card - 1990 - Hypatia 5 (1):101 - 108.
In Search of a Whole-System Ethic.Linda D. Holler - 1984 - Journal of Religious Ethics 12 (2):219 - 239.
Responding to Children's Needs: Amplifying the Caring Ethic.Joan F. Goodman - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (2):233-248.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-12-04

Total views
112 ( #94,842 of 2,446,278 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #67,073 of 2,446,278 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes