THE RECOGNITION OF HUMAN DIGNITY IN AFRICA: A CHRISTIAN ETHICS OF RESPONSIBILITY PERSPECTIVE

Etienne de Villiers

Abstract



This article attempts, first of all, to define the concept of human dignity in tandem with a
Christian ethics of responsibility. The views on human dignity, held by some proponents of
a Christian ethics of responsibility, and a number of South African and Dutch theologians
who participated in two joint consultations, are discussed and critically evaluated. Second,
this article addresses the following question: �What does taking responsibility for the
recognition and effective enhancement of human dignity in Africa entail?� The question is
answered by drawing out the implications of four principles of a Christian ethics of
responsibility, for the recognition and effective enhancement of human dignity in Africa.

Keywords


Ethics, Responsibility, Human Dignity, Max Weber, Apartheid

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/104-0-186

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