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African Philosophy and Rights

Motsamai Molefe and Chris Allsobrook

A useful way to approach the discourse of rights in African philosophy is in terms of Kwasi Wiredu’s (1996) distinction between cultural particulars and universals. According to Wiredu, cultural particulars are contingent and context-dependent. They fail to hold in all circumstances and for everyone (Wiredu 2005). Cultural universals are transcultural or objective (Wiredu 2005). Examples of cultural particulars include dress styles, religious rituals, social etiquette and so on. One example of a cultural universal is the norm of truth. One may imagine a society with different methods of greeting, dress, and raising children, but one cannot imagine a robust society which rejects the norm of truth as the basis of social practices.

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Empire and Economics

Decolonising Colonialism and Its Legacies in Africa

Edited by Lawrence Hamilton

enlightening histories, concepts, fields and methods of inquiry. Second, dominant norms and methods of Western political theory have obscured empirical contexts by over-emphasising, on one hand, the historical significance of nationalism, liberalism and so on

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Communication, Context, and Narrative

Habermas and Contemporary Realist Thought

Navid Hassanzadeh

of social and political problems in philosophy (1984: 4–5). He also argues in favour of a broad and complex notion of rationality (10), and explicitly situates his thought ‘between’ facts and norms (or validity), in his 1992 opus in political and

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Some Senses of Pan-Africanism from the South

Christopher Allsobrook

syncretism which informs the underlying effort of white African scholarship to deny black African cultural unity, in turn, to socialise Africans to identify with European norms. The emphasis of white interpreters on multi-cultural ethnic diversity and

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Fadi Amer

than happening upon a fixed or true identity, flux is a structural necessity as one must constantly construct the sort of lives they wish to lead, as materialised in one's chosen bundles of practices, norms, beliefs and values. Yet amidst conflicting

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Postcolonial Finance

The Political History of ‘Risk-Versus-Reward’ Investment in Emerging Markets

Cecilia Schultz

realm of economics stops’ ( Murphy and Tooze 1991: 24 ). Moreover, the uncritical deployment of ‘emerging markets’ not only obscures the historical construction of this category, but also reinforces the norms and ideological assumptions embedded in this