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dc.contributor.authorMolefe, Motsamai
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-18T08:45:03Z
dc.date.available2017-01-18T08:45:03Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationMolefe, M. (2016). A critique of Kwasi Wiredu’s humanism and impartiality. Acta Academica, 48(1), 91-110.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2415-0479 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0587-2405 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/5347
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18820/0587-2405/aa48i1.5
dc.description.abstractThis article offers a critical reflection on Kwasi Wiredu’s moral theory. On the one hand, the article is concerned with the meta-ethical question regarding the nature of moral properties, specifically, whether they are physical (natural) or spiritual (supernatural). On the other, I reflect on one facet of Wiredu’s normative theory, namely, whether morality is best captured by partiality or impartiality in the African tradition. With regards to meta-ethics, this article reflects that Wiredu’s rejection of a spiritual (supernaturalist) foundation of African ethics is unsatisfactory; I also contend that he does not offer a satisfactory defence of physicalism. I conclude by observing that a plausible meta-ethical theory, either physicalist or religious, is yet to be elaborated within the African tradition. Secondly, I argue that Wiredu’s normative theory is characterised by a feature – impartiality – that is at odds with much of African moral intuitions. Assertions like ‘charity begins at home’ seem to suggest that African ethics should be read in terms of partiality rather than impartiality.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectHumanismen_ZA
dc.subjectKwasi Wireduen_ZA
dc.subjectImpartialityen_ZA
dc.subjectPhysical (natural)en_ZA
dc.subjectSpiritual (supernatural)en_ZA
dc.subjectAfrican ethicsen_ZA
dc.subjectMoral theoryen_ZA
dc.titleA critique of Kwasi Wiredu’s humanism and impartialityen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA


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