Read “Nelson Mandella” and â€œApartheid.â€
Note that â€œMandela repeatedly refused a commuted sentence or release in exchange for a public acceptance of certain apartheid policies and a renunciation of violenceâ€ (Pechey, L., 2008). Mandela believed that years of non-violent resistance to apartheid had not achieved any progress and approved of violent tactics against South Africaâ€™s government as a last resort. When Mandela was released in 1990 he stated, â€œThe factors which necessitated the armed struggle still exist today. We have no option but to continue. We express the hope that a climate conducive to a negotiated settlement would be created soon, so that there may no longer be the need for the armed struggle.â€
Write a 500-750-word report in which you answer the following questions:
- In your view, was Nelson Mandela justified in the use of violence to resist the apartheid government of South Africa?
- Reflect on how early modern ethical thinkers Hobbes, Hume, and Kant might respond to this issue.
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