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On agreed actions without agreed notions

Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani

Abstract


In his plea for consensual democracy in Africa, Kwasi Wiredu recommends unanimity about what is to be done, not what ought to be done, or unanimity on action rather than unanimity of values, beliefs and opinion. I caution the use of this procedural instrument by showing that some issues are so value-laden that a group decision cannot be value-neutral. It may sometimes be more productive to entertain value differences to keep them from going underground and becoming dangerous. However, the ability to locate some common interest or ground seems to be crucial for such value confrontation.

South African Journal of Philosophy 2014, 33(3): 311–320

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.2014.931750
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