Introduction -- A conceptual mapping of personhood -- An exposition of personhood as moral theory -- Personhood: partiality or impartiality? -- Personhood and options in African moral thought -- Personhood and dignity in African philosophy -- Personhood as a political theory of duties.
This book explores the salient ethical idea of personhood in African philosophy. It is a philosophical exposition that pursues the ethical and political consequences of the normative idea of personhood as a robust or even foundational ethical category. Personhood refers to the moral achievements of the moral agent usually captured in terms of a virtuous character, which have consequences for both morality and politics. The aim is not to argue for the plausibility of the ethical and political consequences of the idea of personhood. Rather, the book showcases some of the moral-political content and consequences of the account it presents.