The ubuntu landscape consists of a collage of images, ideas, pictures, and dreams. ‘Ubuntu’ is a concept that is both old and new. It has a long history. From time to time, it is being dragged back onto the radar screen by politicians, philosophers, academic researchers, and others. It functions on a variety of levels and therefore one finds multiple perspectives in literature. When put together it forms a rich, but also confusing collage of concepts, which make misunderstandings and opposing ideas part of the landscape.
Julian Müller, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
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The author is emeritus professor of Practical Theology and currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria. He is leader of the project on ubuntu-research as a Spiritual and Community Value in Africa, which is part of a larger interdisciplinary research project of the University of Pretoria and funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.
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