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Xème anniversaire, 10 ans d'existence de Revue Ethique et Société

SORTIR DE L’ETHNISME INTELLECTUEL: UN ITINERAIRE VERS LA CITOYENNETE

Symphorien Ntibagirirwa
Ethique et Société

This editorial essay gives a framework within which articles published in this issue should be read understood. Against the background of Mahmoud Mamdani’s “African intellectual and identity: overcoming the political heritage of colonialism” and Albert Nolan’s “The Spiritual life of the intellectual”, it argues that the African intellectuals must come out of their intellectual ethnic kraal to embrace the itinerary of citizenship. As in the time of the struggle for independence 50 years back, they have the responsibility to help all their fellow citizens to build the edifice which will be inaugurated at the end of the next 50 years. This mind-shift has three major requirements with which the African intellectuals have to engage with, namely: 1) To define themselves as intellectuals, that is, as people who are in search of truth; 2) To develop the spiritual life of the intellectual, that is a kind of interiority that allows one to transcend egocentrism, individualism and sectarism so as to achieve the common good. It is question of becoming an “organic intellectual” who is open to the kind of change the society needs; 3) And finally, to develop the independence of the spirit, that is, the kind of distance that only truth can offer for anyone to break the barriers that separate people. The editorial concludes by a panoramic view of articles of publication. 

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L’AFRIQUE DU PRESENT ENTRE L’AURORE ET L’HORREUR

Symphorien Ntibagirirwa
Ethique et Société

Abstract:This editorial essay expresses the hopes and challenges of the African independence in terms of sentiments of pessimism and optimism. Neither of the two extremes can be held as absolute. Thus, the articles of this issue (Vol.9 Issue No.2) should be read against the background of a refusal of pessimism which sees horror and the refusal of exuberant and naïve optimism that dawns without perceiving the cloud of challenges to be faced. In between, the current challenges should be faced with the hopes built on a triad that should help Africa to leap into the far end of the future: 1) the priority of “being” over “having”,    2) the capital of  resilience and, 3) fostering education to nourish African anthropological and spiritual vigour as a condition of African renaissance.

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VOLUME 10/2014 : APPEL A CONTRIBUTION

Bienvenue à la REVUE ETHIQUE ET SOCIETE !
Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer la préparation du volume 10 pour l’année 2014 sur le thème: Famille. Le présent appel vous invite à envoyer votre article au comité de rédaction de la revue : début janvier 2014 pour le premier numéro, début mai 2014 pour le deuxième numéro et début septembre 2014 pour le troisième numéro.

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50 ans d’Indépendance en Afrique : Regard rétrospectif

DE L’IN-DEPEDANCE A L’INDEPENDANCE :  QUELLE ROUTE ET QUELLES CONDITIONS ?
Symphorien Ntibagirirwa
Ethique et Société

Abstract: This editorial note analyses the concept of independence and gives a framework within which various contributions published in the present issue could be understood. It argues that African independence is never acquired once for all. Instead, it must be seen as a process of Africans’ self-transcendence. In this process, three requirements have to be fulfilled, namely: a determined and minded leadership, a new engagement of the African intellectuals and a renewed African conscience. In this framework, various articles of this issue are introduced.

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Les pathologies de la corruption

LA CORRUPTION:
LA DENSITE DE NOTRE IDENTITE EN JEU

Symphorien Ntibagirirwa
Ethique & Société

Abstract :This editorial note attempts to frame the various articles published in this issue. It argues that, as a phenomenon which is as old as the human history and civilisation, corruption is characteristic of the human weak nature, or better, the fall, biblically speaking. As such, corruption deprives us of our ontological density as beings that aspire to what is good and right in so far as we are created in the image and resemblance of God. It puts a break to our sustained move to moral life as corrupt people tend to give priority to calculative rationality (which seeks short-term individual dividends) over comprehensive rationality open to sustainable results characteristic of the common good. It gives priority to individuality over sociality. This being the case, corruption is a universally evil phenomenon even in those societies where it is hardly observed or where it does not seem to have effects on the socio-political order and economic prosperity. It is within this framework that different analyses and reflections are introduced.

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