Conceptual analysis of ubuntu/umunthu and meaning
The chapter questions the meaning of the concept ubuntu/umunthu, in African idealism. There are two idealist conceptions of this concept, namely, the radical communitarian conception which underlines communal relationships, and Ramose's conception of ubuntu as being becoming. In both versions of idealism the community relations are fundamental in understanding this concept. The chapter argues that this idealism provides problematic ontological and ethical conceptions that are grounded on the idea of "community". Through the study of language, the chapter shows the loop holes in these developments, and suggests a comprehensive conception of ubuntu, that is based on virtue theory (moral and intellectual virtues, community-oriented and individual-oriented virtues).
Muchineripi Kayange, G. (2018). Conceptual analysis of ubuntu/umunthu and meaning, in Meaning and truth in African philosophy, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 119-129.
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