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Together in the world! Postfoundationalism re-discovered in Ubuntu

Julian C. Muller
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 42, No 2 | a2300 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v42i2.2300 | © 2021 Julian C. Muller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 May 2021 | Published: 19 October 2021

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Julian C. Muller, Department of Practical and Missional Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Abstract

This article investigates two questions: (1) What is the significance of a typical western philosophical concept like postfoundationalism for the African context? (2) Can Ubuntu be the key or the bridge between two seemingly distant philosophical worlds? I have been involved in two major research projects: firstly, the exploration of the postfoundationalist paradigm and the significance of it for practical theology; secondly, a study of Ubuntu and its value for human and social development in Africa.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article is an ethnographic journey in which I revisit and reflect on those two projects and the link between them. The reflection focuses on four concepts: interdisciplinary practice, colonialism and whiteness, fiction and research, and holism.


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postfoundationalism; Ubuntu; western philosophical concept; African context; philosophical worlds

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