Monday, August 13, 2018

Ubuntu's Fifth Wave

I had a short article published this morning by Philosophical Investigations, on the past and future of ubuntu: Ubuntu's Fifth Wave. The meaning of ubuntu is encapsulated in the idiom "Ubuntu ngumtu ngabanye abantu" -- a person is a person through other people. It is roughly the opposite of European Enlightenment thinking: "The individual is prior to the group."  Ubuntu has passed through several "waves" -- among them village ubuntu and political ubuntu -- now I take a very brief look at its present and future.

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