Ubuntu (philosophy)

Ubuntu, pronounced [ ùɓúntú ] refers to an African philosophy of life that is practiced in everyday life from African traditions out. The word Ubuntu comes from the Bantu language of the Zulu and Xhosa and means " humanity ", " charity " and " common sense " and the awareness that one is part of a whole.

This is a basic attitude is called, which is based primarily on mutual respect and recognition, respect for human dignity and the pursuit of a harmonious and peaceful society, but also of the belief in a "universal bond of sharing that connects all things human ." The personality and the community are closely related in the Ubuntu philosophy.

Ubuntu also includes political and religious- spiritual aspects that emphasize the responsibility of the individual within his community. There are attempts by the South African Constitutional Court to include this African cultural value in the interpretation of fundamental rights in the South African Constitution.

In the Rwandan / Burundian language ( Kinyarwanda / Kirundi, a Bantu language ) Ubuntu is free too.

Institutional uses

  • Ubuntu is the founding philosophy of Ubuntu Education Fund and is the motto for the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America
  • Ubuntu was stiftend names for the free Linux distribution Ubuntu.