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African Communitarianism and Human Rights

Towards a Compatibilist View

Munamato Chemhuru

That human rights are new, alien, and incompatible with African social and political reality is pervasive in much of African social and political thinking. This supposition is based on the assumption that African societies are inherently communitarian, and hence inconsiderate to the guaranteeing and safeguarding of individual human rights. However, I seek to dispel this essentialist notion in African social and political thinking. I consider how the human rights discourse could be reasonably understood in the African traditional context if the thinking that is salient in the African communitarian view of existence is properly understood. After considering the way in which human rights are guaranteed within an African communitarian framework, I give reasons why the quest for individualistic human rights in Afro-communitarian society could be considered to be an oxymoron. Overall, I seek to establish that an Afro-communitarian model is compatible with the quest for the universality of human rights.

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Katherine Morris

Gregory McCulloch’s recent book Using Sartre has the laudable aim of treating Being and Nothingness ‘analytically’.1 But, I think, he falls short of fulfilling this aim, and I want to try to bring this out in respect of his interpretation of Sartre’s treatment of the question of the existence of Others. McCulloch’s idea of ‘treating Sartre analytically’ is treating him as ‘one of us’ (US x), by which he says that he means ‘applying analytical techniques and standards of rigour to Sartre’ (Ibid.). ‘Bravo,’ one might say; but in practice, McCulloch slips into a more ordinary use of the expression ‘treating Sartre as one of us’.

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Introduction

Minor Traditions, Shizen Equivocations, and Sophisticated Conjunctions

Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita

possible existence of multiple nature-cultures (or alternatives to that distinction) and the definite existence of diverse anthropological traditions. In different ways, the contributors reflect on the entanglements of a variety of analytical traditions and

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Catrin Gibson

, finally closing with some responses to potential objections. If correct, the implications of my proposed view are profound. My conclusion suggests that it is not a structure of human being that prevents the existence of authentic being-in-love but rather

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A Woman Would Marry a Woman

Reading Sifra on Lesbianism

Laliv Clenman

do it. The exegete is thus in the enviable position of determining the meaning of the verse as well as its very reason for existence. That the existence of a biblical verse would be due to a ban on lesbian marriages (at least in part) is a surprising

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Challenging the Absurd?

Sartre’s Article on Kafka and the Fantastic

Jo Bogaerts

the absence of any ‘deeper’ meanings with which human existence would be endowed. This difference between a world of radical immanence, on the one hand, and one of suggested transcendence, on the other, has (as I will show in the last part of this

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

rituals are virtually synonymous with the enduring existence of the Ngakmang collective entity and are therefore perceived as crucial, in particular among the small group of tantrists who assemble each year, on the penultimate day of the ritual, to manage

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Jonathan Magonet and Lionel Blue

only way immediately to save the very existence of the continental Jewish communities. In the long run, of course, England faces the same problem. ‘Living emotionally off’ anything is certainly not satisfactory, but don’t you think that a Jewish group

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Alexis Chabot

Translator : Ârash Aminian Tabrizi

un cierge allumé, puis il se recueillit un instant, pensif et sacré, et les mots vinrent d’eux-mêmes, il murmura : “J’ai des droits !” … les droits, c’était, par delà l’existence, comme les objets mathématiques et les objets religieux.’ 7 [‘Quietly

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Placing Wellbeing

Anthropological Perspectives on Wellbeing and Place

Emilia Ferraro and Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti

respond to the key role that place plays in human existence and sociality (see, e.g., Casey 1996 ; Dirlik 1999 ; Escobar 2001 ). The articles we include here were presented at a panel at the 2014 conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists