This chapter addresses slavery adequately, even within the framework of the time in which they lived, provides the appropriate context for demonstrating in the third section the radicality of Ottobah Cugoano’s Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, first published in 1787. The political task of emancipating the slaves held by European colonists proved an inordinately slow process, but the moral transformation at the popular level, once it began, took place with astonishing speed. One gets an early indication of this by comparing the first and second editions of William Paley’s Moral and Political Philosophy. If one relied solely on textbooks of political philosophy, one would have no idea that the debate on the abolition of both the slave trade and the institution of slavery itself was one of the most prominent and contentious philosophical debates in Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Debating African Philosophy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Perspectives on Identity, Decolonial Ethics and Comparative Philosophy|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2018|