Partiality and Impartiality in African Philosophy (Hardcover)

Partiality and Impartiality in African Philosophy By M. Molefe, Jörg Löschke (Foreword by) Cover Image
By M. Molefe, Jörg Löschke (Foreword by)


Partiality and Impartiality in African Philosophy fills the lacuna in African philosophy literature on the inherent tension between requirements of partiality (favoritism) and impartiality (equality). Motsamai Molefe deploys two strategies to philosophically resolve the tension between partiality and impartiality. The first strategy involves applying the moral theories of Kwasi Wiredu, Thaddeus Metz, and Kwame Gyekye to the problem. Finding their views useful in some ways and seriously limited in others, Molefe turns to the second strategy in which he invokes the salient normative concept of personhood in African cultures. Molefe argues that the concept of personhood adjoins theories of human dignity and moral perfection (virtue). The major insight that emerges is a robust ethical theory qua personhood that accommodates both partiality and impartiality. He grounds requirements of impartiality on human dignity, which operates largely as a macro-ethical concept that normatively informs the character of our social institutions (politics). Politics is characterized by fairness, equality, and impartiality. Partiality (the agent-and-other-centred forms of it) is directly connected with the agent's chief moral duty to achieve her own virtue (moral perfection), which operates as a micro-ethical concept. These two kinds of moral partialism, self-favoritism and close ties such as family, are justified by appeal to the project's view, instead of the individuals-and-relationships view typically invoked to justify moral partiality in the literature.

About the Author

M. Molefe is senior researcher at the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa (CLEA), at the University of Fort Hare.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781498599436
ISBN-10: 1498599435
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: November 10th, 2021
Pages: 180
Language: English