Ubuntu : Curating the archive, Paperback / softback Book

Ubuntu : Curating the archive Paperback / softback

Edited by Leonhard Praeg, Siphokazi Magadla

Part of the Thinking Africa series series


In South Africa, Ubuntu is the term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic, or ideology.

This book contextualizes the discourse on Ubuntu within the wider historical framework of postcolonial attempts to rearticulate African humanism as a substantial philosophy and emancipatory ideology.

As such, the emergence of Ubuntu as a postcolonial philosophy is posited as both a function of and a critical response to Western modernity.

The central question addressed is: Was Ubuntu's emancipatory potential confined to and perhaps exhausted by South Africa's transition to democracy, or does the notion of a 'shared humanity' as theorized in Ubuntu discourse still have relevance for South Africans' urgent need to imagine the country's post-nationalist and post-neoliberal future?

The contributions in the book address this question from the perspective of a wide range of disciplines, including political philosophy, African history, gender studies, philosophy of law, and cultural studies.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
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  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9781869142650


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