Ubuntu

A Comparative Study of an African Concept of Justice

Paul Nnodim (Editor), Austin Okigbo (Editor),

Category: African Studies, Diversity and Equity Studies, Philosophy, Social Science

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462703933

Publication date: February 6, 2024

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Number of pages: 250

Size: 234 x 156 x 10 mm

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Funded by: Path to Open

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The philosophy of Ubuntu in dialogue with Western normative ideas.

Ubuntu is an African philosophical tradition that embodies the ability of one human being to empathize with another. It is the quintessence of African humanism, communalism, and belonging. As the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu anticipated, Ubuntu resonated with the moral intuition of the majority of black South Africans in the 1990s. As a result, it became the foundational ethical basis for articulating a new post-apartheid era of reconciliation and forgiveness in the face of a history marked by brutal racial violence. Yet Ubuntu, as a philosophy or ethical practice which has arguably come to represent African humanism and communalism, has not been sufficiently assimilated into contemporary philosophical scholarship.

This anthology weaves interdisciplinary perspectives into the discourse on African relational ethics in dialogue with Western normative ideals across a wide range of issues, including justice, sustainable development, musical culture, journalism, and peace. It explains the philosophy of Ubuntu to both African and non-African scholars. Comprehensively written, this book will appeal to a broad audience of academic and non-academic readers.

Contributors: Aboubacar Dakuyo (University of Ottawa), Brahim El Guabli (Williams College), Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian (University of Johannesburg), Damascus Kafumbe (Middlebury College), Joseph Kunnuji (University of the Free State), David Lutz (Holy Cross College, Notre Dame), Thaddeus Metz (University of Pretoria), Emmanuel-Lugard Nduka (media practitioner), Levi U.C. Nkwocha (University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne).

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION
UBUNTU: MEANING, CONTEXT, AND THE CONCEPTION OF JUSTICE
Austin Okigbo and Paul Nnodim

CHAPTER 1
UBUNTU, LIBERAL INDIVIDUALISM, AND JUSTICE
David Lutz

CHAPTER 2
JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS AND UBUNTU: CONCEPTUALIZING JUSTICE THROUGH HUMAN DIGNITY
Paul Nnodim and Austin Okigbo

CHAPTER 3
RELATIONAL NORMATIVE ECONOMICS: AN AFRICAN APPROACH TO DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE
Thaddeus Metz

CHAPTER 4
UBUNTU AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: MOBILIZING CAPACITY
Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian

CHAPTER 5
UBUNTU: THE ARTICULATION OF AFRICAN VALUES AS AN ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FOR GLOBAL JOURNALISM
Emmanuel-Lugard Nduka

CHAPTER 6
GBENOPO IN OGU MUSICAL CULTURE: AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN BADAGRY
Joseph Kunnuji

CHAPTER 7
GGANGA HAD A NARROW ESCAPE: PUNISHMENT AND FORGIVENESS IN KIGANDA COURT SONG
Damascus Kafumbe

CHAPTER 8
INTERFACING UBUNTU AND PALAVER IN A JUSTICE SYSTEM
Levi U.C. Nkwocha

CHAPTER 9
WE ARE BECAUSE YOU ARE SILENCED: SEARCHING FOR MEMORY IN THE TEMPORALITIES OF MOROCCO’S TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE
Brahim El Guabli

CHAPTER 10
POST-CONFLICT JUSTICE IN SOUTH SUDAN’S LOCAL COMMUNITIES: THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE MORALITY OF “AFRICAN-COMMUNITARIANISM” TO PEACE
Aboubacar Dakuyo

CONCLUSION
UBUNTU: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR AFRICA AND THE WORLD
Paul Nnodim and Austin Okigbo

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX

Paul Nnodim

Paul Nnodim is a professor of philosophy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Austin OkigboORCID icon

Austin Okigbo is an associate professor of ethnomusicology, African Studies, and global health at the University of Colorado Boulder.

This anthology brings together diverse perspectives and disciplinary approaches ranging from philosophy, restorative justice, comparative literature to media studies and musicology, to highlight the multi-faceted aspects of an African relational ethic: Ubuntu. The authors also present a dialogue with Western ethical paradigms and make a convincing case that Ubuntu gives us a welcome antidote to hegemonic liberal individualism in the realm of deliberative discourses concerning (social) justice.
Mechthild Nagel, SUNY Cortland

‘Ubuntu’, as propounded in this book, significantly contributes to the decolonization of knowledge production (in practice) by centering an alternative epistemic register to the dominant Western philosophies in scholarship. The book brings back in the ‘human touch’ in the academic literature in ways that amplify Africans’ lived experiences and challenge the liberal individualistic worldviews that are prevalent in today’s capitalistic societies.
Geoffrey Lugano, Kenyatta University

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