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Introduction

  • Motsamai MolefeEmail author
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Abstract

In the introductory chapter, Molefe gives the reader an overview of the philosophical issues central to his book. His focus is the normative idea of personhood in African philosophy; his aim in this work is to draw out the implications of personhood for moral and political theory. The introduction is divided into three sections: In the first, Molefe discusses four concepts of personhood in African philosophy, singling out an agent-centred notion as central to his analysis. The second section examines recent debates regarding personhood in the philosophical literature. Molefe’s aim here is to bring to light under-explored facets of morality and politics. The moral discussion focuses on moral concepts such as options and the meta-ethical debate between partial and impartiality. The political enquiry focuses on the ideas of dignity, rights, and historical injustices. The chapter concludes with an overview of the book.

Keywords

African Philosophy Agent-centred personhood Dignity Options Patient-centred personhood Personhood Rights 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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