But Hans Kelsen was not born in Africa: a reply to Thaddeus Metz

@article{Ramose2007ButHK,
  title={But Hans Kelsen was not born in Africa: a reply to Thaddeus Metz},
  author={M. Ramose},
  journal={South African Journal of Philosophy},
  year={2007},
  volume={26},
  pages={347 - 355}
}
  • M. Ramose
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • South African Journal of Philosophy
Abstract I argue that Metz’s undertaking, in seeking a ‘comprehensive basic norm’ to underpin African ethics, is similar to Hans Kelsen’s postulation of the Grundnorm in his Pure Theory of Law. But African ethics does not need to be underpinned by an approach such as Kelsen’s. In my view, Metz’s preference for seeking to develop a Grundnorm rests upon a failure to attend carefully to the distinctness of African ethical thinking from Western ethical thinking. This failure is manifest in a… Expand
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