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ERIC Number: EJ893246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
The African Ethic of "Ubuntu/Botho": Implications for Research on Morality
Metz, Thaddeus; Gaie, Joseph B. R.
Journal of Moral Education, v39 n3 p273-290 Sep 2010
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. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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