Readings Week 7: Online

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Western University
Political Science
Political Science 3388E
Jennifer Mustapha

Readings Week 7 Online Cobbah AFRICAN VALUES INTRODUCTION 1 The natural rights and origins of the Western human rights concept are examined to show that the concept denies culture in a very fundamental sensetalk about rights within a cultural context 2 An africenric conception of human dignity is presented as a valid worldview which should inform the cross cultural fertilization of ideas WESTERNERS AND AFRICAN CULTURE y Kent points out that through ethical individualism we are able to draw a distinction between natural duties not to harm others and minimally altruistic acts and so called supereogary acts of benevolencey Concern for the needy falls under the heading of charity and has nothing to do with rights y Individual is insulated from group responsibility for the needy WESTERN LIBERALISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS y The idea of an individual identity separate from society didnt imply a notion of opposition between the parts and the whole y Liberalism was largely a re
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