oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Moral issues and responsibilities regarding HIV/AIDS

Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The author defines morality, ethics, moral issues and responsibilities, in dialogue with various ethical approaches, but especially those of Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Alan Gewirth and the Setswana traditional idea of batho (humanness). He then proceeds to discuss the morality of certain issues arising as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the light of these four ethical approaches. Discussing perSonal responsibility; he argues that individuals do not only have the right to be healthy but have the duty to see to it that they are, since it is only when they are healthy that they are able to perform the other duties they have.

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