Odera Oruka and the Right to a Human Minimum: An African Philosopher's Defense of Human Dignity and Environment (African Philosophy: Critical Perspectives and Global Dialogu) (Hardcover)

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Odera Oruka and the Human Minimum: An African Philosopher's Defense of Human Dignity and Environment considers the work of Odera Oruka (1944-1995)-arguably one of the finest philosophers in Africa-by analyzing his major practical contribution to philosophy from a practical point of view. Odera Oruka is well known for his sage philosophy, but his "practical philosophy" has received less attention. This book situates Oruka within philosophical discourses of justice, human rights, ethical duty, ecology, humanism, and politics. A thread that ties these questions together is Oruka's argument for the right to a human minimum, defined by three basic human needs: physical security, subsistence, and health care. Michael Kamau Mburu explores how these three taken together constitute the most basic and necessary (though not sufficient) right, and how establishing this right is a means to ensuring human dignity, which is a condition for global justice. The book also expounds and applies some ethical values and philosophies from Africa-such as "ubuntu" or humanness-to clarify, defend, and promote human dignity without jeopardizing the environment.

About the Author


Michael Kamau Mburu holds a PhD in philosophy from Duquesne University and is associate pastor at Holy Family, Blessed Sacrament, and St. John Vianney Parish in Bronx, NY.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781793650023
ISBN-10: 1793650020
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Pages: 158
Language: English
Series: African Philosophy: Critical Perspectives and Global Dialogu