Date of Publication : 07, Sep, 2019
Author: SERAPHINE C.S KOMU
The whole of the paper secures understanding of person in the African context, but guided by St. Augustine’s philosophy. The work is divided into three chapters. The first chapter will deal with the general notion of the human person focusing on the etymological foundation of the word, aided by various definitions of the notion ‘person’. High consideration will be paid on the Augustinian definition of person; included in it will be composition of person as well as the Augustinian ideas of freedom. The second chapter will talk about the Bantu notion of ‘muntu’ ‘mndu’ (person). This concept of muntu will be discussed in connections with other realities and under the notion of finality. The third chapter deals with the evaluation of these two lines of thought with an aim of seen their area of convergence of and divergence. The method used to write this work is philosophical hermeneutic whereby through the accumulation of readings from both sides, interpretative method is applied. It is my hope that this work is going to be one of the salient contribution in all the attempts to nourish and expound the Bantu notion of person in view of fostering the peoples understanding of the dignity and value of human person.
Keywords : Person, Personality, Muntu, Bantu, Mndu, Freedom/Free will, Body and Soul,