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Double Book Launch: African Ethics and Religion and Spirituality

African Ethics and Religion and Spirituality - Launch Invite

UKZN Press cordially invites you to the double launch of African Ethics and Religion and Spirituality in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, 6 August.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 06 August 2009
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Leeb du Toit Council Chambers, University of KwaZulu Natal
    Pietermaritzburg Campus
  • Guest Speaker: Martin Prozesky, UKZN Emeritus Professor and founder of the Unilever Ethics Centre
  • RSVP:, 031 260 5226

About the books

African Ethics: An anthology of comparative and applied ethicsAfrican Ethics is the first comprehensive volume on African ethics, centred on Ubuntu and its relevance today. Important contemporary issues are explored, such as African bioethics, business ethics, traditional African attitudes to the environment and the possible development of a new form of democracy based on indigenous African political systems.

In a world that has become interconnected, this anthology demonstrates that African ethics can make valuable contributions to global ethics. It is not only African academics, students, organisations or those individuals committed to ethics that are envisaged as the beneficiaries of this book, but all humankind.

A number of topics presented here were inspired by a Shona proverb that says, Ndarira imwe hairiri (One brass wire cannot produce a sound). The chorus of voices in African Ethics demonstrates this proverbial truism.

Munyaradzi Felix Murove is deputy head of the School of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Religion and Spirituality in South AfricaReligion and spirituality are closely woven into the fabric of South African public and private life – though not always seamlessly or in matching thread. Religion and Spirituality is concerned with the role of religion and spirituality in individual identity and belief, as well as in the public spheres of governance and policy-making.

It brings together significant researchers from various disciplinary perspectives, ranging from law and politics to theology, literature and media studies, with the aim of investigating new critical approaches to religion and spirituality, particularly in the postcolony/South. The authors engage seriously with the challenge of accounting for the range and power of religious and spiritual discourses that run through individual and communal identification. We hope that this publication provides stimulation for further thought and work in this crucial area of South African, and postcolonial, study and life.

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Arts Faculty at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Research Fellow at the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, Open University, United Kingdom. He has published widely in the field of South African literary and cultural studies and his books include Voicing the Text: South African Oral Poetry and Performance (1998), Oral Literature and Performance in Southern Africa (1999) and To Speak of this Land: Identity and Belonging in South Africa and Beyond (2006).

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