Dr Munyaradzi Murove of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently published a book titled: African Moral Consciousness: An Inquiry into Prospects and Perspectives.
It is a follow up to African Ethics Anthology that Murove edited and published with UKZN Press.
African Moral Consciousness invites the reader to experience a different way of understanding ethics. After demonstrating that African ethics is inseparably conjoined to rituals, this book goes on to show that African ethics is marginalised in the world today because of the tendency of conflating modernity with Western culture.
Murove argues that the need to go beyond modernity versus traditionalism is an imperative one for the ascendancy of African ethics, believing that stories and proverbs are integral to the genre of those ethics. The book maintains that since the majority of African people live in traditional areas, their ethical outlook is usually overlooked because of modernisation.
The idea for the book was born when Murove discovered that there was a need for him to continue with further research in the development of African ethics for scholars and students across the world. Now, through his book, he aims to initiate debate among scholars within Africa and other parts of the world where there is intellectual concern and appreciation for African ethics and to allow for the Africanisation of the curriculum at an African university.