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The Socialist Interlude

Kwame Gyekye

in Tradition and Modernity

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112252
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853069 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112252.003.0005
The Socialist Interlude

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“African socialism” is known to identify with the propositions of modern socialism, which is proposed by Karl Marx. In general, socialism is an advocacy of granting ownership and authority over the production and distribution of resources in the community. While the traditional notion of such an idea revolves on its positive implications on economic development, the fact that it should be perceived as a socioethical concept, concerned with classes, roles and interaction, will never diminish. It is clarified that the economic aspects of both types of socialism rooted from the individualist and communitarian perspectives, are recognized to concentrate on social responsibility and civil rights. Other notable facts are the capitalist traits of African society that are seemingly disregarded in the conception of “African socialism” as well as the study of connections between these principles and philosophy.

Keywords: African socialism; modern socialism; Karl Marx; economic development; socioethical concept; capitalist traits; social responsibility; civil rights

Chapter.  13972 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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