African Environmental Ethics

A Critical Reader

  • Munamato Chemhuru

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Munamato Chemhuru
    Pages 1-5
  3. Moral Status and the African Environment

  4. Ubuntu and the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Ephraim Taurai Gwaravanda
      Pages 79-92
    3. Nompumelelo Zinhle Manzini
      Pages 111-123
  5. African Ecocentric Environmental Ethics

  6. Environmental Justice in African Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Margaret Ssebunya, Stephen Nkansah Morgan, Beatrice D. Okyere-Manu
      Pages 175-189
  7. Questions of Animal Rights in African Philosophy

  8. Issues of Environmental Pollution in Africa

About this book


This book focuses on under-explored and often neglected issues in contemporary African environmental philosophy and ethics. Critical issues such as the moral status of nature, African conceptions of animal moral status and rights, African conceptions of environmental justice, African relational Environmentalism, ubuntu, African theocentric and teleological environmentalism are addressed in this book. It is unique in so far as it goes beyond the generalized focus on African metaphysics and African ethics by exploring how these views might be understood differently in order to conceptualize African environmental ethics. Against the background where environmental problems such as pollution, climate change, extinction of flora and fauna, and global warming are plain to see, it becomes useful to examine how African conceptions of environmental ethics could be understood in order to confront some of these problems facing the whole world. This book will be of value to undergraduate students, graduate students and academics working in the area of African Philosophy, African Environmental Ethics and Global Ethics in general.       


African Environmental Ethics Environmental Ethics in Africa African Ethics African Philosophy African Land Ethics Environmental Justice Secular Humanism in African Philosophy The Moral Status of Nature African Traditional Thought Ubuntu Environmental Ethics Animal Rights in Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Munamato Chemhuru
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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