Ubuntu, Zimbabwe and the ethics of intervention

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dc.contributor.author De Jager, Peta
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-14T08:30:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-14T08:30:59Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8910
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT The profound and extensive nature of difficulties in Zimbabwean current affairs raises a moral dilemma for South Africa: should it intervene in some way, or respect Zimbabwean sovereignty? Is there a plausible ‘middle ground’ theory to resolves this dilemma? This paper argues that there may well be. It further argues that such a ‘middle ground’ account is consistent with at least one version of ubuntu, an indigenous sub-Saharan African philosophy. What does ubuntu have to say about the right (or perhaps even the obligation) of the South African government to have intervened in Zimbabwean affairs? Does it vindicate South Africa for its failure to intervene? This project, whilst not providing a decisive answer to the question of whether intervention in Zimbabwe by South Africa is legitimate on this African world-view, provides one possible approach to evaluating the dilemma from an ubuntu-informed perspective. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ubuntu en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject sovereignty en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject philosophy en_US
dc.subject applied ethics en_US
dc.subject international relations en_US
dc.title Ubuntu, Zimbabwe and the ethics of intervention en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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