1st Edition

Ubuntu Virtue Theory and Moral Character Formation Critically Reconstructing Ubuntu for the African Educational Context

By Grivas Muchineripi Kayange Copyright 2024
    158 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the ubuntu theory-based conception of virtue and moral character formation in the northern, western, and eastern regions of Africa, suggesting a critical reconstruction of ubuntu by conceptualising the four different forms of practices in moral character formation.

    Arguing for the critical reconstruction of ubuntu virtue theory as more nuanced than simply the standard ubuntu normative virtue theories (which give priority to the community as the sole locus for understanding virtues and character formation in Africa), the book builds a comprehensive model of virtue and moral character formation that draws insights from the reconstructed notion of ubuntu and other theories within and beyond the African thought. Chapters feature experience from across Africa including Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa, and centre on topics such as traditional cultural views and practices, political systems in various nations, neoliberalist thought, and primary, secondary and tertiary education systems in Africa and further afield.

    This is a valuable resource for scholars, academics, and postgraduate students, working in the fields of moral and values education, philosophy of education, and the theory of education more broadly. Those also interested in educational psychology may also find the volume of interest.

    1          Introduction

    2          Basic Concepts

    3          African Character-Based Ethics

    4          Ubuntu Eudaimonia Virtue Theory and Character

    5          Ubuntu Eudaimonia Virtue and Theory Conception Challenges

    6          Ubuntu Theory of Character Education

    7          Character Education Crisis in Modern Africa

    8          Targeted Ubuntu Virtue Theory: Building on Language and Character Formation

    9          Critical Reconstruction of Ubuntu Eudaimonia Virtue Theory

    10        Conclusion


    Grivas Muchineripi Kayange is Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Malawi. His current research is in African theoretical and practical philosophy, building on insights from the analytic tradition.