Editorial Foreword

The present edition comes with two special discursive features. The first feature concerns two original philosophical papers on distinct areas of African philosophy, of which one of them attracted a critical response and equally a counter critical response in our discussion forum. The second feature is a display of two contemporary debates in medical technology and ethics. A summary presentation of the entire articles now follows:

Prof. Ekwuru’s new and original doctrine of Afrizealotism is a persuasive reaction of a postmodern thinker who argues against a long-inherited negative image of Africa as an “underdog”. According to him, ‘zeal’, which is the root-stem of ‘Afrizealotism’, is that which characteristically defines the being of the African person.

Continuing on the same trend of Africa’s contribution to universal knowledge, Dr. Kanu takes up a commonplace cultural thought, “Igwebuike” (i.e. majority is power) which he tries to give a philosophical foundation, and passionately projects it as an appropriate model for good governance: “Igwebuike as an Igbo-African philosophy of Inclusive Leadership”.

Prof. Njoku’s article, “How correct is Hume on the Is-Ought Problem?” , focuses on one of the contemporary discussions in ethics. He re-visits David Hume’s radical objection that we cannot validly derive “an ought” proposition from “is-statements”. Going through the ancient discussions on the subject matter, Njoku argues that Hume fails to make important distinctions in knowledge and language-analysis, distinctions that would warrant a derivation of an ought, thanks to the contributions of Lonergan and some linguists like John Searle and J. L. Austin.

From the angle of medical technology, Dr. Osuji considers the need, process and ethical issues involved in ‘Creating a Donor-Child via a Genetic Diagnosis for Treating Anemia’. For Osuji, there are medical, social (brotherhood) and cultural services which this technology offers us. However, he cautions on possible abuses.

Another discursive piece in the ethics of healthcare is contributed by Associate Prof. Igboanusi: “Patient’s Autonomy and Paternalism: Towards a Covenant Model in Medical Ethics”. He tries to show the good and weak sides of paternalism as a model in healthcare, but concludes that a covenant model that essentially anchors on the patient’s autonomy should be a preferable model.

Dr. Nwoko’s “Reflection on Ethics and Responsibility based on Levinas’ Philosophy” can aptly conclude the above discussions on medical technology and ethics. In those discussions which are in the form of debates, one is ultimately left with the option of ‘taking responsibility for whatever position one adopts’. Therefore, Nwoko’s examination of the subject of ‘Ethics and responsibility’ fits in well here. After examining the various senses of responsibility and the works of notable philosophers, he lauds Levinas’ thought because it presents responsibility not as accidental to the human subject, but as belonging to his ontology because ‘it precedes his essence’.

This volume which began with an original and attractive thesis that ‘Zeal’ characterizes the being of the African person is ending with another aspect of philosophy of culture and of Morals titled: “Trans-cultural knowledge without evaluation: Ernest Gellner and a Second Falsity”. Stimulated by multiple backgrounds, Dr. Ajah challenges Gellner’s position that cognitive relativism is false, but not moral relativism. According to Ajah, one cannot accept the validity of trans-cultural knowledge as Gellner does while rejecting the validity of trans-cultural moral values. Were such rejection to be possible, the global war on terror and the many regional and global checks on arms proliferation would be meaningless ventures. HiCs article does make a case for Prof. Ekwuru’s position as well.

In the Discussion Forum, Dr. Ajah takes Dr. Kanu to task on his “Igwebuike philosophy”, noting that there are concrete indices in the Igbo-African world which sharply contradict the position of Kanu. But Kanu’s counter response accuses Ajah of a gross misreading of his paper. However, the discussion continues in subsequent editions, not necessarily by the duo, but by any interested contributor.


USA Offices

  • Ralphael Chijioke Njoku
  • Idaho State University, USA.

  • Prof. Zephyrinus Okonkwo
  • Albany State University Georgia, USA

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  • Dr. Matthew I. Nwoko
  • Kolpingstrasse 1B.

  • 28195 Bremen, Germany.
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