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Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions

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Making a case for an economic alternative for our globalized world: insights from the margins

Simon Mary Asese Aihiokhai

Abstract


Economic inequality is a pressing issue that the global community must address in an urgent and detailed manner if global peace is to be sustained. This paper makes the claim that viable alternative solutions to global economic inequality can be found outside the boundaries of western capitalism. This claim is defended via three movements: first, a critique of Christian teachings on the common good is presented as a pathway to this economic alternative. Second, insights from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that call for strategic solidarity to help undo structures of inequality in our world are appropriated. Third, a cultural and philosophical notion of what it means to be human in African thought is presented as a means for justifying the relevance of the African ethic of Ubuntu as a global economic alternative; one that grounds cosmic flourishing in a vision and praxis of relationality and shared identity for all.

Keywords: African Philosophy, Inequality, Political Theology, Ubuntu, Ujamaa, Wealth




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