Ubuntu as a Moral Theory and Human Rights in South Africa

  title={Ubuntu as a Moral Theory and Human Rights in South Africa},
  author={Thaddeus Metz},
  journal={African Human Rights Law Journal},
  • Thaddeus Metz
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • African Human Rights Law Journal
There are three major reasons why ideas associated with ubuntu are often deemed to be an inappropriate basis for a public morality in today's South Africa. One is that they are too vague; a second is that they fail to acknowledge the value of individual freedom; and a third is that they fit traditional, small-scale culture more than a modern, industrial society. In this article, I provide a philosophical interpretation of ubuntu that is not vulnerable to these three objections. Specifically, I… Expand


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