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The Final Ends of Higher Education in Light of an African Moral Theory

Metz, Thaddeus

From the perspective of an African ethic, analytically interpreted as a philosophical principle of right action, what are the proper final ends of a publicly funded university and how should they be ranked? To answer this question, I first provide a brief but inclusive review of the literature on Africanising higher education from the past 50 years, and contend that the prominent final ends suggested in it can be reduced to five major categories. Then, I spell out an intuitively attractive African moral theory and apply it to these five final ends, arguing that three of them are appropriate but that two of them are not. After that, I maintain that the African moral theory prescribes two additional final ends for a public university that are not salient in the literature. Next, I argue that employing the African moral theory as I do enables one to rebut several criticisms of Africanising higher education that have recently been made from a liberal perspective. I conclude by posing questions suitable for future research.

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Document Title: The Final Ends of Higher Education in Light of an African Moral Theory
Journal: Journal of Philosophy of Education
Volume: 43
Issue: 2
No. of Pages: 179-201

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:African Continent
Keywords:African Moral Theory, Aims of Higher Education, Africanisation, Public Colleges and Universities, Theory, Tertiary Institutions, Morality, Higher Education and Development, Higher Education Systems

File Size:134 KB
Rights:Self archived
Date Added:29 May 2009

Metz, Thaddeus. (2009) The final ends of higher education in light of an African moral theory. Journal of Philosophy of Education. Vol.43(2) pp. 179-201.