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Elvis Imafidon & John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji 
Ontologized Ethics 
New Essays in African Meta-Ethics

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Ontologized Ethics: New Essays in African Meta-Ethics examines an often neglected meta-ethical issue in African philosophical discourse: the extent to which one’s orientation of being, or idea of what-is – as an individual or as a group of persons – does, or should, determine one’s concept of the good. To what extent is ethics, or our idea of what is permissible or impermissible, grounded on ideas of what fundamentally exists or what it means to be? The aim of this collection of essays, with emphasis on an African philosophical context, will be to establish more firmly and vigorously whether there is an intrinsic link between ontology and morality – that is, whether, and, if so, how the proper norms for human actions can be explained and validated once we make lucid ideas about metaphysical topics such as human nature, community, relationality and spirituality. The essays included in this volume focus rigorously on ethical issues such as communalism, adultery, environmental ethics, and bioethics with the primary aim of showing whether the link between such issues and metaphysical beliefs is trivial or intrinsic.
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Table of Content

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: Moral Tradition and Moral Revolution: A Conceptual Analysis

Chapter 2: University of Morality – myth or reality

Chapter 3: On the Ontological Foundation of a Social Ethic in African Traditions

Chapter 4: Towards an African Relational Environmentalism

Chapter 5: The Ethical Import in African Metaphysics: A Critical Discourse in Shona Environmental Ethics

Chapter 6: A Re-Interpretation of Gender Power Play in the Metaphysics of Adultery and Moral Exclusionism of Married Males in an African Culture

Chapter 7: Beyond Culpability: Approaching Male Impotency through Legitimated Adultery in Esan Metaphysics

Chapter 8: Finding Common Grounds for a Dialogue between African and Chinese Ethics

Chapter 9: Critical Reflection on Gyekye’s Humanism: Defending Supernaturalism

Chapter 10: Life’s Origin in Bioethics: Implications of Three ontological Perspectives: Judeo-Christianity, Western Secularism and the African Worldview

Chapter 11: Implicit Anachronism of the Concept of Eldership in African (Yoruba) Thought

Chapter 12: The Nature of Moral Values in African Philosophy: A Foundation for African Development

Chapter 13: Neo-Ontological Challenge to Negative Atheism: Feuerbach’s God of Secularism

Chapter 14: Questioning African Attempts to Ground Ethics on Metaphysics

Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Index

Notes on Contributors

About the author

Elvis Imafidon teaches philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Nigeria. He has published journal articles touching on issues in metaphysics, African philosophy, social philosophy, and philosophy of science. He is also the founding editor of Critical Essays: A Graduate Journal of PhilosophyJohn Ayotunde Isola Bewaji is professor of philosophy at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. He is a recipient of the Rhodes Visiting Lectureship in Philosophy and Simon Guggenheim Research Fellowship. He is the founding president of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS), and editor of the Caribbean Journal of Philosophy.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 268 ● ISBN 9780739185049 ● File size 1.0 MB ● Editor Elvis Imafidon & John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji ● Publisher Lexington Books ● Country US ● Published 2013 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 5460000 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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