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Animals and African Ethics


Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kai Horsthemke
    Pages 15-29
  3. Kai Horsthemke
    Pages 30-36
  4. Kai Horsthemke
    Pages 44-62
  5. Kai Horsthemke
    Pages 78-92
  6. Kai Horsthemke
    Pages 93-100
  7. Kai Horsthemke
    Pages 118-146
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 157-187

About this book


The claim is frequently made on behalf of African moral beliefs and practices that they do not objectify and exploit nature and natural existents like Western ethics does. This book investigates whether this is correct and what kind of status is reserved for other-than-human animals in African ethics.


African philosophy moral anthropocentrism relationality speciesism taboos totemism ubuntu ukama ethics law morality philosophy religion

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa

About the authors

Kai Horsthemke is Associate Professor in the Wits School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK. Apart from animal rights, his research interests include African philosophy, indigenous knowledge (indigenous science, ethnomathematics, ethnomusicology), as well as humane and environmental education.

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