Advancing Global Bioethics

African Indigenous Ethics in Global Bioethics

Interpreting Ubuntu

Authors: Chuwa, Leonard

  • Challenges the contemporary schools of thought within philosophical and religious ethics
  • Underlines the fact that the substance of ethics generally and bioethics / healthcare ethics specifically is much more expansive and inclusive than it is usually understood
  • Invites ethicists and bioethicists to dialogue and research into Ubuntu and other similar indigenous cultures
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About this book

This book educates whilst also challenging the contemporary schools of thought within philosophical and religious ethics. In addition, it underlines the fact that the substance of ethics in general and bioethics/healthcare ethics specifically, is much more expansive and inclusive than is usually thought. Bioethics is a relatively new academic discipline. However, ethics has existed informally since before the time of Hippocrates. The indigenous culture of African peoples has an ethical worldview which predates the western discourse. This indigenous ethical worldview has been orally transmitted over centuries. The earliest known written African text containing some concepts and content of ethics is the “Declaration of Innocence” written in 1500 B.C., found in an Egyptian text. Ubuntu is an example of African culture that presents an ethical worldview. This work interprets the culture of Ubuntu to explain the contribution of a representative indigenous African ethics to global bioethics. Many modern scholars have written about the meaning of Ubuntu for African societies over centuries. Some scholars have viewed Ubuntu as the greatest contribution of African cultures to other world cultures. None of the scholars, however has explored the culture of Ubuntu as providing a representative indigenous ethics that can contribute to global bioethics as discussed in this book.​

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Culture of Ubuntu

    Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini

    Pages 1-32

  • Ubuntu Ethics

    Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini

    Pages 33-88

  • Ethics of Care: Enlightening the Role of Rights in Global Bioethics

    Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini

    Pages 89-135

  • UNESCO Declaration: Enlightening the Cosmic Context of Global Bioethics

    Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini

    Pages 137-193

  • Catholic Social Ethics: Enlightening the Role of Solidarity in Global Bioethics

    Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini

    Pages 195-243

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eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8625-6
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8624-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0126-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Indigenous Ethics in Global Bioethics
Book Subtitle
Interpreting Ubuntu
Authors
Series Title
Advancing Global Bioethics
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8625-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8625-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8624-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0126-4
Series ISSN
2212-652X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 258
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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