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A RESPONSE TO HANS LUCHT'S “VIOLENCE AND MORALITY: THE CONCESSION OF LOSS IN A GHANAIAN FISHING VILLAGE”

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ABSTRACT

The violent encounter between Africans and the forces of globalization raises the question of whether Africans should capitulate to these forces or seek to morally transform them, notwithstanding the uncertainty of achieving success. This essay argues that an exclusively existentialist interpretation of the African predicaments is inadequate because it erects a false dichotomy between African religious and moral sensibilities. It proposes instead an ethic of responsibility that affirms the interdependence of not only these two realms of life, but also of communal well-being and individual's subjectivity.

Keywords: existentialism; globalization; normative ethics; responsibility; sacrifice

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9795.2010.00441.x

Affiliations: Department of Religion, Winston-Salem

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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