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Christian B.N. Gade

What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent

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What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent. / Gade, Christian B.N.

In: South African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 31, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 484-503.

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Gade, CBN 2012, 'What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 484-503.

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Gade, C. B. N. (2012). What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent. South African Journal of Philosophy, 31(3), 484-503.

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Gade CBN. What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent. South African Journal of Philosophy. 2012 Sep;31(3):484-503.

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Gade, Christian B.N. / What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent. In: South African Journal of Philosophy. 2012 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 484-503.

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abstract = "In this article, I describe and systematize the different answers to the question 'What is Ubuntu?' that I have been able to identify among South Africans of African descent (SAADs). I show that it is possible to distinguish between two clusters of answers. The answers of the first cluster all define ubuntu as a moral quality of a person, while the answers of the second cluster all define ubuntu as a phenomenon (for instance a philosophy, an ethic, African humanism, or, a wordview) according to which persons are interconnected. The concept of a person is of central importance to all the answers of both clusters, which means that to understand these answers, it is decisive to raise the question of who counts as a person according to SAADs. I show that some SAADs define all Homo sapiens as persons, whereas others hold the view that only some Homo sapiens count as persons: only those who are black, only those who have been incorporated into personhood, or only those who behave in a morally acceptable manner. ",
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