Ethics and Morality from an African Perspective
African Ethics and Morality
To do a course on ethics and morality one must start with a simple but complex question: "Are human beings capable of making moral choices without any form of legalised or codified morality"? In order to give a comprehensive answer to this question, scholars of ethics have tried to pose another fundamental question: What is ethics? What is the relationship between ethics and morality?Ethics or moral theology is not concerned with elucidation and justification of morality in a narrow sense.However it is clear that to assess people's conduct as immoral or morally acceptable is to consider it from one point of view and not the only possible way of assessing the human act.In the study of moral theology we concern ourselves generally with questions about how we ought to live, what could count as good, reasons for acting in one way rather than another.We also consider what constitute a good life for human beings meaning thereby not necessarily morally good but treating as an open question where would be the proper place for morality for the good life or whether indeed it has any place there at all.The book is good to students and lecturers of ethics, morality, theology and philosophy.
Kasomo Daniel PhD: Studied Religious Studies in the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
A Roman Catholic Bishop and the Leader of the Society of St Peter and Paul in Kenya.
A Senior Lecturer in Maseno University in Kenya.
Former Dean of Students and Counselor in Egerton University and Head of Department of Religious Studies Catholic University.