African Transcultural Values
By Prof. Thaddeus Metz, co-moderated by Karina Reisenegger
In a globalized world where people from different cultures routinely come into contact, on what basis should they interact with each other? In particular, given international problems such as climate change, forced migration, sustainable development and infectious diseases, how should those with different values relate? Too often Western values have become the default position in the context of global conventions and engagements. What would a more evenhanded and inclusive approach involve? Prof. Thaddeus Metz will present two major answers. One is to discover pre-existing values that are universally shared, while another is to create values that would be reasonable for all those from a variety of cultures to accept. This presentation articulates a version of the latter approach, and argues that it is more promising than the former. In the workshop, you will become familiar with the presented ideas. There will be space for debate and you will get to know thought experiments on the topic. In the end, you will have explored two alternative ways to cope with global transculturality. Prof. Thaddeus Metz is currently Distinguished Research Professor (2015-2019) at the University of Johannesburg. Author of more than 200 books, articles and chapters, he is a globally renowned expert in the fields of African values and cross-cultural ethics. Most recently, he taught a seminar at Kyoto University, Japan, on Confucianism and the southern African ethic of ubuntu; gave the 4th Distinguished Scholarly Lecture on African Philosophy at the University of Calabar in Nigeria; and delivered a talk on what sub-Saharan values entail for Chinese development projects on the African continent at a gathering in Beijing hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Everyone that is interested in moral goods is very welcome to participate!