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Moral Philosophy and Development

The Human Condition in Africa (Ohio RIS Africa Series #61)

Tedros Kiros


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Although development issues generally have been considered in a framework of economic theory and politics, in this volume Tedros Kiros looks to European ideas of moral philosophy to explain the underdevelopment of Africa and the persistent African food crisis. He draws upon the works of Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx and the concepts of hegemony and counter-hegemony.

Kiros points out that Africans and Europeans held opposing worldviews upon their initial contact and agrees with those who explain the present condition in Africa partly as the result of European colonialism. In his concluding chapter he develops principles of moral philosophy to guide Africans and others in the future economic development of the African continent.

Ohio University Press, 9780896801714, 178pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 1992

About the Author

Tedros Kiros is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University.