Well-Being in African Philosophy: Insights for a Global Ethics of Development, edited by Bolaji Bateye, Mahmoud Masaeli, Louise Müller, and Angela Roothaan, explores the notion of well-being in African and intercultural philosophy and its insights into global ethics of development. Drawing from longstanding debates on communitarianism in the context of personhood in African philosophy, as well as those in intercultural philosophy, the diverse contributors present manifold ways to philosophize about well-being from African contexts. Hailing from sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, they address questions of human well-being related to the major global challenges of our time, such as climate change and socio-economic, gender, and racial inequality in society, education, and organization. This collection, building on the work of African independence philosophers as well as oral traditions from a critical development studies perspective, offers fresh views on well-being, development, and morality, thus contributing to global ethics from an African vantage point.
Bolaji Bateye is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University.
Mahmoud Masaeli is professor of human rights studies at Iran Academia.
Louise Müller is senior research fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal and a guest scholar at the Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) at Leiden University.
Angela Roothaan is associate professor of philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Part I: Conceptions of Well-Being in African(a) Intercultural Philosophy
Chapter One: Human Well-Being in Intercultural Philosophical Perspective: A Focus on the Akan Philosophy of Wiredu, Gyekye, and Appiah, by Louise Müller
Chapter Two: This Thing Called Communitarianism or Why We Should Not Be afraid of the Community, by Nimrod Kahn
Chapter Three: Being-in-Community as the Basis of Well-Being in African Philosophy, by Pius Mosima
Chapter Four: Personhood, Well-Being, and Ethical Maturity in African Philosophy, by Alloy S. Ihuah
Part II: Well-Being in African Contexts
Chapter Five: Social Ethics and Human Well-Being in Igbo Society, by J Chidozie Chukwuokolo
Chapter Six: Religion, Education, and the Well-Being of Citizens of Nigeria, by Olutoyin Mejiuni and Bolaji Olukemi Bateye
Chapter Seven: A Non-Individualistic Notion of the Common Good, by Abdoulaye Ba
Chapter Eight: The Pursuant of Well-Being in Contemporary Africa, by Beatrice Okyere-Manu, Ovett Nwosimiri, and Stephen Nkansah Morgan
Part III: Contributions to a Global Ethics of Development
Chapter Nine: Ujamaa: Society as Family, by Martin F. Asiegbu and Simeon Dimonye
Chapter Ten: African Precolonial Accomplishments in Political, Social, and Economic Well-Being, by Andrew Akampurira
Chapter Eleven: A Philosophy of Race in the Melting Pot of Globalisation and its Implications for Africa, by Wilfred Lajul
Chapter Twelve: Gilles Paquet’s Hermeneutics of Belongingness: On Collaborative Ethics of Global Development, by Stanley Uche Anozie