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Author Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini,
Title African indigenous ethics in global bioethics : interpreting Ubuntu / Leonard Tumaini Chuwa.
Imprint New York : Springer, 2014.

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Author Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini,
Series Advancing Global Bioethics ; volume 1.
Advancing global bioethics ; v. 1.
Subject Bioethics -- Africa -- History.
Ubuntu (Philosophy)
Description 1 online resource (258 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary 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.
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Contents Infectious Diseases International Trade -- 1.1.3 UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights as an Unconscious Recognition of Ubuntu -- Humans should not be Used as Mere Means to Whatever End -- Increasingly Obvious Need for International Bioethical Policymaking Board -- The Increasing Need to Recognize Human Basic Equality Globally -- 1.2 Exploration of Ubuntu -- 1.2.1 Meaning of Ubuntu -- 1.2.2 Ubuntu is Anthropocentric, Theocentric and Cosmocentric -- Interdependence
Preface -- Acknowledgement -- Contents -- Chapter-1 -- Introduction: The Culture of Ubuntu -- 1.1 Emergence of Global Bioethics -- 1.1.1 Inevitable Birth of Global Bioethics -- Limited Scope of Medical Ethics and the Increasing Need for Global Bioethics -- Political Bases for the Genesis of Global Bioethics -- Demographical Conditions that Necessitated Emergence of Global Bioethics -- 1.1.2 UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights as Appropriate Response to the Needs of the Times -- Globalization Need for Otherness Ubuntu and Unity -- 1.2.3 Ubuntu Ethics of Immortality -- Personal Immortality -- The Importance of Marriage and Procreation -- Ubuntu Theory of Moral Development -- 1.3 Relevance of Ubuntu Worldview -- 1.3.1 Ubuntu Existential-Relational Epistemology -- 1.3.2 Ubuntu Relational and Holistic Perspective on Human Disease -- 1.3.3 Ubuntu Communitarian Healthcare Ethics -- 1.4 Conclusion -- Chapter-2 -- Ubuntu Ethics -- 2.1 Tension Between Individual and Universal Rights
2.1.1 Inalienable Rights2.1.1.1 Personal Rights within Communitarian Context -- Individuala?s Personal Rights are Defined by Othersa? Personal Rights -- 2.1.2 Human Relationships -- Anthropological and Epistemological Perspective -- Otherness -- Communitarianism -- 2.1.3 Reciprocity of Care -- Reciprocity as the Bond Between the Community and an Individual -- Ujamaa as Praxis of Ubuntu Reciprocity -- Importance of Marriage and Procreation -- 2.2 Cosmic and Global Context -- 2.2.1 Justice Ubuntu Justice is Reparative Rather than Retributive2.2.1.2 Ubuntu Justice is Distributive -- Ubuntu Justice is Communitarian -- 2.2.2 Diversity -- Anthropocentrism and Respect for Diversity -- Otherness as Source, Objective and Rationale of Morality -- Tension Between Diversity, Communitarianism and Human Freedom -- 2.2.3 Biosphere -- The Self and the Cosmos in Relationship -- Role of and Respect for Other Forms of Life -- Sacredness of the Biosphere -- 2.3 The Role of Solidarity
ISBN 9789401786256 (electronic bk.)
9401786259 (electronic bk.)
9401786240 (print)
9789401786249 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-94-017-8625-6
OCLC # 872563220
Additional Format Print version: Chuwa, Leonard. African indigenous ethics in global bioethics. Interpreting Ubuntu 9789401786249 (OCoLC)871243754.

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