Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu attends lecture of Michael Eze on a philosophy of dialogue and reconciliation

9 October 2017

Michael Eze presented his lecture during the conference on 'Botho/Ubuntu: A Dialogue on Spirituality, Science and Humanity' organized by Mind and Life in Botswana, Africa.

During his lecture Michael Eze argues for an African political theory of ubuntu as an attractive practice in philosophy of dialogue and reconciliation.  Michael met with archbishop Desmond Tutu after the lecture.

Ubuntu is often translated as ‘humanity towards others’.  It can also be broadly defined as an ‘African worldview’ that places communal interests above those of the individual, and where human existence is dependent upon interaction with others. Ubuntu has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic, or ideology, also known as Ubuntuism. The term has been popularised to English-language readers by Desmond Tutu, who was the chairman of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Michael Eze is researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.

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