Abstract

This paper is a reflection on Mandela’s rhetoric of empathy and its moral-political implications with specific regard to the difficult transition period from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. It argues that Mandela employed a deliberative and rational appeal to the riches of the human experience as a rallying point for the creation of a new society. The paper points to the critical lesson that though empathy is not a panacea for all the problems of a society, it can help establish conditions for progressive deliberations and conflict resolutions.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2156-7263
Print ISSN
2156-695X
Pages
pp. 122-135
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-21
Open Access
No
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