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Title: Philosophy and the Multi-Cultural Context of (Post)Apartheid South Africa
Author(s): VAN DER MERWE, W.L.
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 3 Issue: 2 Date: July 1996
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu is the Zulu version of a traditional African aphorism. Although with considerable loss of culture-specific meaning, it can be translated as: 'A human being is a human being through (the otherness of) other human beings.' Still, its meaning can be interpreted in various ways of which I would like to highlight only two, in accordance with the grammar of the central concept 'Ubuntu' which denotes both a state of being and one of becoming.