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Relational Ethics and Partiality

A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’

Motsamai Molefe

Thad Metz (2007a) in his ground breaking article ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’ defends an African relational moral theory. 1 By ‘moral theory’ he refers to a principle of right action or ‘normative theorisation’, which involves invoking

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A Critique of Thaddeus Metz's Modal Relational Account of Moral Status

Olusegun Steven Samuel and Ademola Kazeem Fayemi

This article is a critical inquiry into Thaddeus Metz's African ethical theory of modal relationalism (MR). Central to the theory of MR is the claim that something (X) has moral status by virtue of its capacity for communal relationship, where X

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On Counterrevolution

Semantic Investigations of a Counterconcept during the French Revolution

Friedemann Pestel

opposing the Revolution, called the attack on the Tuileries and the deposition of Louis XVI in August 1792 not “a supplement of the Revolution” but “a true counterrevolution because the whole constitution is overthrown.” 77 Following a relational

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For Women's Rights, Church, and Fatherland

The Lithuanian Catholic Women's Organisation, 1908-1940

Indrė Karčiauskaitė

This article examines the history of the Lietuviu Katalikiu Moteru Draugija (LKMD, Lithuanian Catholic Women's Organisation) from its foundation in 1908 to its disbandment under Soviet occupation in 1940. Special attention is paid to the LKMD's changing relationship with the Catholic clergy and Lithuanian nationalism. Exploring which type of feminism the LKMD represented, the article focuses on attitudes of the LKMD leadership towards women's rights, participation in society, and paid employment. The beginning of the 1920s is shown to have been a turning point. At that time many educated women became active in order to enshrine women's rights in the statutes of the newly independent Lithuanian State. Several of them joined the LKMD, subsequently succeeding in reducing the clergy's influence on the organisation's central board. The LKMD, it turns out, was a good example of a women's organisation espousing relational feminism (Karen Offen's term), insisting on women's participation in society as being distinct from men's, particularly in relation to women's role as mothers, while taking a stand for equality between men and women, especially with respect to judicial issues.

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appropriation alike. This implies establishing an accounting system that does allow relationality as subject matter, as elaborated in the social quality theory. This demands for a system that actually requires a conscious exploration of relationality. This

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The Search for a Future Global Human Rights Agenda

Peter Herrmann

. ( Dürr 2010 ) It is, I think, a very good grasp of what we try to introduce in social science by using the terms relationality and processuality. Of course, this does not reflect a new reality as such—strictly speaking, reality had never been

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The Limits to Cheating History

Changing the Reference for Accounting

Peter Herrmann

: balancing the own accounts had to be linked to the balanced accounts of the other side of the contract. Nevertheless, the other side of the coin was the exchange or relational engagement that aimed on exploiting an existing imbalance. 7 We can translate

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What Can a Political Form of Reconciliation Look Like in Divided Societies?

The Deliberative “Right to Justification” and Agonistic Democracy

Burcu Özçelik

of inequality that undermine the assumption of equal respect or moral worth are already built into any deliberative space, even before the process of deliberation has a chance to begin. In such cases, the relational position of actors, particularly

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Book Symposium

Nancy S. Love, Sanford F. Schram, Anthony J. Langlois, Luis Cabrera, and Carol C. Gould

cipher in which to insert just any understanding of what it means to be human. Gould explicitly argues for an agency-based social ontology that highlights the relational character of being a human. In fact, the universal human right to democracy could be

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Book Symposium

Paul Apostolidis, William E. Connolly, Jodi Dean, Jade Schiff, and Romand Coles

what Coles calls “democratic temporality,” which “involves a heightened receptive sense of the emergent, transformable, relational character of the future even in regard to aspects of social structure that are typically considered unalterable” (49