Ontologized Ethics

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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 499.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 tables
  • 0739185039
  • 9780739185032

About Elvis Imafidon

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 Philosophy John 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.show more

Table of contents

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 Contributorsshow more