Bonhoeffer’s Anthropology and the African Anthropology of Ubuntu | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 59, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



This essay explores the original meaning and understanding of the concept of . It evaluates the strengths and limitations of this cherished African anthropological and philosophical notion. By bringing the anthropology of in conversation with the anthropology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer possibilities for the re-valuation of are opened. Attention to the anthropology of Bonhoeffer will help to affirm community without falling into the trap of collectivism. It will also prevent from overestimating the capabilities of humans through the under-estimation of the reality of sin. Where is also open to the transformative power of the gospel its redeeming potential on a broken continent is enhanced.


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