« Ubuntu and the Problem of Belonging »

Olusegun Samuel has published a new paper entitled “Ubuntu and the Problem of Belonging” in Ethics, Policy & Environment.


This paper proposes an original ubuntu-inspired account of human-animal moral status for engaging the problem of belongingness—the ethico-ecological community view. This account embodies two integrated features: locatedness and relationality. While locatedness prompts us to attend to the embeddedness of beings in the built and natural environment, relationality allows the discussion to focus on human-nonhuman interdependencies. I argue that a deep sense of both features prompts us to move the moral status conversation away from capacities to a non-capacity-based approach, thereby helping to disrupt unjustified human moral superiority over animals in a way that commits us to environmental flourishing.