An African perspective on the partiality and impartiality debate: Insights from Kwasi Wiredu's moral philosophy

Published in: South African Journal of Philosophy
Volume 36, issue 4, 2017 , pages: 470–482
DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2017.1342465
Author(s): Motsamai MolefeUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


In this article, I attempt to bridge the gap between partiality and impartiality in moral philosophy from an oft-neglected African perspective. I draw a solution for this moral-theoretical impasse between partialists and impartialists from Kwasi Wiredu's, one of the most influential African philosophers, distinction between an ethic and ethics. I show how an ethic accommodates partiality and ethics impartiality. Wiredu's insight is that partialism is not concerned with strict moral issues.

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