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"Ubuntu-ism" as the Arbiter between Cultural Relativism and Universalism in the Context of the Rights to Development
December 02,2016   By:chinahumanrights.org
"Ubuntu-ism" as the Arbiter between Cultural Relativism and Universalism in the Context of the Rights to Development
 
Mofihli M. TELEKI
 
SOUTH AFRICA
 
The means for advancing human rights and the rights to development often becomes mooted as these means are located within the frame of thought that is either defined within the cultural relativist or universal nuances of human rights. It is widely known and accepted that non-western epistemic concepts such as Ubuntu have been brought into the fold of the discourse of human rights over a certain period of time. Some of these cultural concepts have been used to understand the way of being of other societies that are non- western in nature. The possible conflicts that may occur between cultural relativism and universalism could be mediated by a "go-between" amongst these two principles, with the human rights corpus. This article therefore seeks to establish "-ism" of Ubuntu as a frame of reference in arguing for the rights to development.