An African Philosophy of Personhood, Morality, and Politics

Authors: Molefe, Motsamai

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  • Offers a systematic exposition of personhood in African philosophy
  • Draws out the moral and political consequences of the normative conception of personhood
  • Written for scholars of African Philosophy
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This book explores the salient ethical idea of personhood in African philosophy. It is a philosophical exposition that pursues the ethical and political consequences of the normative idea of personhood as a robust or even foundational ethical category. Personhood refers to the moral achievements of the moral agent usually captured in terms of a virtuous character, which have consequences for both morality and politics. The aim is not to argue for the plausibility of the ethical and political consequences of the idea of personhood. Rather, the book showcases some of the moral-political content and consequences of the account it presents.


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Motsamai Molefe lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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“Much of the influential work in African moral and political philosophy, e.g., by Gyekye and Wiredu, has made action foundational, prescribed impartial treatment, deemed rights to be central, and argued against supererogation. In contrast, Motsamai Molefe makes virtue foundational, prescribes partiality, deems duties to be central, and argues for supererogation. Molefe’s novel positions, clearly and plausibly advanced, are welcome additions to the field.” (Thaddeus Metz, Distinguished Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
“Motsamai Molefe’s contribution to the debate on personhood is timely and refreshing. His choice to explore the normative basis of the concept is well-informed as he shows the importance of understanding the implications of this position on a number of topics that have a bearing on both ontology and political philosophy. He succeeds in outlining previously unexplored terrain in a way that demonstrates mastery of the subject and will certainly steer the debate on personhood towards a new and relevant direction.” (Bernard Matolino, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An African Philosophy of Personhood, Morality, and Politics
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15561-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15561-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15560-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 179
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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