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The chief, who was literate, responded in an article to Mafoko a Batswana, a local newspaper established by the missionaries, “quoting profusely from the Old Testament the mosaic [a reference to Moses] teachings of ‘a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye’ ” (Thema 1973, 9). Indeed, almost 50 years earlier, one saw the extraordinary insight a Nama leader, Jonker Afrikaner, in Namibia in the 1880s had to the implications of the arrival of the European settlers. He had been instrumental in soliciting the company of the missionaries and had even gone so far as to protect them on occasion.

There will always be times when people cannot be held responsible for their actions. Legal systems recognise such exceptions. And we know that agency lies constantly under the shadow of structure: a person’s ability to act is constrained by his or her circumstances in real ways. ) Prescient about her response to the question is her acknowledgment of the role of structure in agency. ” While the broad contours of her argument are beyond reproach, particularly the proposition that human beings are responsible moral agents, it is suggested in this essay that the conception of the human being distilled in this approach, and indeed in most jurisprudential statements, is that of a rational human being.

M. L. Fick, described the vastly inferior test scores of African children to those of their White peers but disclaimed: “I could not decide whether 34 CRAIN SOUDIEN this inability was due to low mentality or environmental influences” (449). Important informants in this debate included Dewey and B. Malinowski, both amongst the preeminent scholars in philosophy and anthropology. Critically, the latter, bringing the powerful role of internationalization into full perspective, comes to validate the dominant paternalist trend present in the country.

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