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Contemporary Development Ethics from an African Perspective

Selected Readings

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  • Charts a novel perspective of Development Ethics from an African perspective
  • Brings together in one book different issues in Development Ethics
  • Contains contributions from African authors from different backgrounds to address various development themes

Part of the book series: Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations (PPCE, volume 27)

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About this book

This book offers fresh academic insights, reflections, questions, issues, and approaches to development ethics, taking into account, African values and ethics. Development ethics is an area of applied ethics that examines the moral issues involved in global, social, and economic transformation. While it is a relatively new discipline, there have been numerous scholarly publications on it from Western perspectives. However, only a few studies that focused on development ethics from the African perspective. To address this gap, the book seeks to answer critical questions such as "What does development mean to Africans?", "How can we measure development?", "Who gets to decide?", and "What constitutes just development in Africa?"

With contributions from African scholars from diverse backgrounds, the book covers various development themes such as Theories and approaches to development ethics in Africa, Environmental Ethics and African Development, Ethics, Politics and AfricanDevelopment, Migration and African development, Gender, Ethics and Socio-economic Development in Africa, Education, Ethics and African development. It is an essential resource for researchers, lecturers, and students interested in political philosophy and African culture studies.


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Development Ethics in the African Context

  2. Migration and African Development

  3. Education and African Development

Editors and Affiliations

  • Applied Ethics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    Beatrice Okyere-Manu

  • Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

    Stephen Nkansah Morgan

  • Ulster University, London, UK

    Ovett Nwosimiri

About the editors

Prof Beatrice Okyere-Manu is a Professor in the Applied Ethics department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Her research interests cover the following areas: HIV and AIDS, Ethical issues Affecting African Women, AIKS, Ethics of Technology, and Environmental Ethics. She has written a number of journal articles and book chapters in these areas.  She recently edited a book on “African Values, Ethics, and Technology: Questions, Issues, and Approaches” which provides critical and ethical reflections on technology from an African perspective. She co-edited a book on “Intersecting African Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Western Knowledge Systems: Moral convergence and divergence”.

Stephen Nkansah Morgan is currently a lecturer with the Department of Philosophy and Classics of the University of Ghana where he teaches a wide range of philosophy and ethic courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Stephen holds a PhD in Ethics Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and a Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy both from the University of Ghana. He has research interests in Environmental and Animal Ethics, Ethics of Technology, Social and Political Philosophy, and African philosophy broadly construed. He has previously taught at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.

Ovett Nwosimiri has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he also lectured Applied Ethics. He also lectured Philosophy at St. Joseph’s Theological Institute Cedara. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at ACEPS, University of Johannesburg. His research interest is in African Philosophy, African Epistemology, Philosophy of Race, Epistemology, Existentialism and Applied Ethics. He is currently in Ulster University, London campus.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Contemporary Development Ethics from an African Perspective

  • Book Subtitle: Selected Readings

  • Editors: Beatrice Okyere-Manu, Stephen Nkansah Morgan, Ovett Nwosimiri

  • Series Title: Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-32897-8Published: 30 July 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-32900-5Due: 12 August 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-32898-5Published: 29 July 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2352-8370

  • Series E-ISSN: 2352-8389

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 274

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Political Philosophy, African Culture, Ethics, Developmental Psychology, Psychosocial Studies

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