A Report on Ubuntu

A Report on Ubuntu

by Leonhard Praeg




Twenty years after the end of apartheid rule, the claim that democratic South Africa is founded on the 'spirit of law' (nomos) of our shared humanity is questionable, to say the least. Some would argue that all talk of Ubuntu (or African humanism) should be dismissed as a passing fad of an exhausted nationalism. But, a different response to the present is possible; one that proceeds from a temporary suspension (epoche) of the nationalist matrix, and all the dead-end questions that have resulted from it, in order to reposition Ubuntu in the more cosmopolitan terms of a critical humanism that must always remain irreducible to the politics of the day. As discussed in this book, this is a project that has to return to, in order to retrace, the founding claim that a politics premised on our shared humanity is, after all, perhaps possible. (Series: Thinking Africa) [Subject: African Studies, Politics]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781869142568
Publisher: University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Series: Thinking Africa
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Preface x

Introduction: Three Fragments 1

Part I 31

1 A Political Economy of Obligation 33

2 African Modes of Writing and Being 83

Part II 133

3 African Socialism 135

4 The Law: First Epoché 179

5 The Law: Second Epoché 224

Coda: In Itself 275

Select Bibliography 278

Index 288

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