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Intellectual History in Contemporary South Africa

Authors: Eze, M.

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In examining the intellectual history in contemporary South Africa, Eze engages with the emergence of ubuntu as one discourse that has become a mirror and aftermath of South Africa s overall historical narrative. This book interrogates a triple socio-political representation of ubuntu as a displacement narrative for South Africa s colonial consciousness; as offering a new national imaginary through its inclusive consciousness, in which different, competing, and often antagonistic memories and histories are accommodated; and as offering a historicity in which the past is transformed as a symbol of hope for the present and the future. This book offers a model for African intellectual history indignant to polemics but constitutive of creative historicism and healthy humanism.

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MICHAEL ONYEBUCHI EZE is a Research Fellow at the Kulurwissenschatliches Institut, Essen, Germany and the Editor-in-Chief of The African Communitarian: A Journal of African Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy.

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'Among other accomplishments in this history of political thought in South Africa, Michael Eze succeeds in transcending two major approaches often taken to ubuntu, the sub-Saharan conception of morality prominent in South African socio-political discourse. One approach is that since ubuntu was an ideal way of life in pre-colonial times, it is worth reproducing today, while the other is that since ubuntu is merely a recent construction by political elites, it has no authority to guide policy. In contrast to both, Eze convincingly argues that ubuntu was part of traditional African culture prior to colonialism, but was far from ideal, and hence is something that today's South Africans should refashion collectively. Eze's 'creative historiographical' approach to ubuntu should guide all future thinking about the topic.'

-Thaddeus Metz, Humanities Research Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intellectual History in Contemporary South Africa
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10969-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230109698
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-62299-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 220
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