Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kofi Kissi Dompere
In the African conceptual system, justice is inseparably linked to freedom. Justice is not sustainable without freedom, which in turn has no anchorage in an unjust system of human organization. Justice is viewed alongside freedom as an important characteristic of the Supreme Creator. Justice implies that an individual contribution to society is just as important as the societal contribution to the development of the individual human essence and spiritual existence. This is the principle of equal standing in nature from which justice is projected to the individual and the social collectivity. In African social formation, justice maintains within society the equality of human essence established in nature. In this respect, social justice is derived from belief in the characteristics of creation and seeks to establish general forms of societal rules that must be applicable to all under conditions of freedom. Thus, there is a complete rejection of the idea Thing ...