Towards an African Political Philosophy of Needs

Editors: Molefe, Motsamai, Allsobrook, Christopher (Eds.)

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  • Discusses moral philosophy, political philosophy, and political theory within African philosophy 
  • Draws attention to voices from the global south on the pressing and under-explored theme of ‘political theory of needs’
  • Charts a new frontier in African political thought by turning from ‘rights’ to ‘needs
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This book focuses on the domains of moral philosophy, political philosophy, and political theory within African philosophy. At the heart of the volume is a call to imagine African political philosophy as embodying a needs-based political vision. While discourses in African political philosophy have fixated on the normative framework of human rights law to articulate demands for social and global justice, this book charts a new frontier in African political thought by turning from ‘rights’ to ‘needs.’ The authors aim to re-orient discourses in African philosophy beyond the impasse of rights-based confrontations to shift the conversation toward needs as a cornerstone of African political theory.

About the authors

Motsamai Molefe is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa, at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.

Christopher Allsobrook is Director of the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, where he is also leader of the Humanities Research Niche Area in ‘Democracy, Heritage and Citizenship.’


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"Molefe and Allsobrook are here opening a new vista in the episteme of African political philosophy. Without a doubt, this is the most extensive discussion on the topic of ‘need’ in African philosophy since the days of Odera Oruka." (Jonathan C. Chimakonam, Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

 

 "Towards an African Political Philosophy of Needs offers a novel dimension to African political theory. It transcends the generally accepted approaches to distributive justice based on rights theories by approaching it from a needs perspective. It will be of great value to anyone who wishes to appreciate the different appeals to African social, political and ethical theories ranging from normative theory, communitarian philosophy, personhood and human dignity." (Munamato Chemhuru, Senior Lecturer, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Towards an African Political Philosophy of Needs
Editors
  • Motsamai Molefe
  • Christopher Allsobrook
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-64496-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-64496-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-64495-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 208
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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