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African Communitarian Ethic: The Basis for the Moral Conscience and Autonomy of the Individual

Igbo Culture as a Case Study


Ferdinand Chukwuagozie Ezekwonna

Contents: The community and the individual: The three dimensions of African community - The African concept of the human person - The processes and ways of attaining full personhood in Africa (initiation rites) and the finding of norms – Communal decisions and individual moral autonomy and conscience: The concept of autonomy and freedom in Africa - The African concept of conscience - The consequences of Western global ethics - Steps towards Western-African ethical dialogue.