Towards an African path to disability justice

Onazi, Oche (2021) Towards an African path to disability justice. Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) Bulletin, 2021 (XXIV). pp. 35-41.

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I had intended to write about the human rights of people with disabilities in Africa, but my book1 took a different path after I begun to engage with arguably the most attractive literature in African philosophy. I became fascinated by a conception of community, constituted by individuals in ethical relation to each other, a characteristic that I found more attractive than the abstract, ahistorical and autonomous individual that has dominated the Western philosophical and legal philosophical tradition. Although intrigued by this idea of community, I was nevertheless puzzled by it since it appeared inattentive to disability or people with disabilities. Rather than the orthodox human rights approach (or Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach), I found it more interesting to explore and understand what a legal philosophy of disability justice would look like if it mirrored what I describe below as the African relational community ideal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa, bulletin, disability, philosophy
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 09:39
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 13:15

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