n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Ubuntu : new model of global justice?

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



Ultra-liberalism and globalization are carried by large international economic organizations. Since the second half of the twentieth century, they have been the vectors of an increasing injustice and have widened inequalities between rich countries and the poor countries, the North and the South. These three meta-narratives - ultra-liberalism, globalization and (in)justice - mobilize a growing number of intellectuals. The main question is: can liberalism achieve a planetary justice, and, if the answer is no, which alternative model can one think of?

Through the concept of Ubuntu (restorative justice), South Africa and African philosophy contribute, by their specific contribution in terms of practices and theory, to the debate of political philosophy to which justice is central. In theorizing the concept of Ubuntu, African philosophy could bring the first important contribution of the African continent in the philosophical - or multi-field - debate, which largely exceeds the African dimension.
By recalling the history and the bonds between the Afro-Americans and South African Renaissance, this text develops the concept of Ubuntu and suggests how this concept makes it possible to weave - or reweave - the relations at the planetary level rather than to deepen wounds. By exceeding the concept of punitive justice, we can imagine globalization not as an economic apartheid but as a world made of the recognition of one humanity equal in dignity.

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