A Discourse on African Philosophy

A Discourse on African Philosophy
Author: Christian B. N. Gade
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2017-04-18
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 1498512267

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This book explores the influence of ubuntu on South Africa’s post-apartheid transitional justice mechanism, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and—in contrast to ethnophilosophy—takes differences, historical developments, and social contexts seriously..

African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry

African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry
Author: International African Institute
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2000-11-22
Genre: History
ISBN 13: 9780253214171

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This book assesses the direction and impact of African philosophy as well as its future role. What is the intellectual, social, cultural, and political territory of African philosophy? What directions will African philosophy take in the future? What problems will it face? In 10 probing essays by distinguished African, European, and American scholars, African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry examines the role of African philosophy at the opening of the new millennium. Here philosophy cuts across disciplinary boundaries to embrace ideas taken from history, literary studies, anthropology, and art. Addressing topics such as the progress of philosophical discourse, knowledge and modes of thought, the relevance of philosophy for cultures that are still largely based on traditional values, and the meaning of philosophy to cultures and individuals in the process of modernization, this volume presents today's best thinking about the concerns and practices that constitute African experience. New views about personhood, freedom, responsibility, progress, development, the role of the state, and life in civil society emerge from these broad-based considerations of the crisis of the postcolonial African state. In a lively fashion this diverse book shows how philosophical questions can be applied to interpretations of culture and reveals the multifaceted nature of philosophical discourse in the multiple and variable settings that exist in contemporary Africa..

African Philosophy in Search of Identity

African Philosophy in Search of Identity
Author: Masolo D A Masolo
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-08-06
Genre: Africa, Sub-Saharan
ISBN 13: 1474470777

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Ka Osi Sọ Onye: African Philosophy in the Postmodern Era

Ka Osi Sọ Onye: African Philosophy in the Postmodern Era
Author: Jonathan Chimakonam
Publsiher: Vernon Press
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2018-02-28
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 1622733665

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This collection is about composing thought at the level of modernism and decomposing it at the postmodern level where many cocks might crow with African philosophy as a focal point. It has two parts: part one is titled ‘The Journey of Reason in African Philosophy’, and part two is titled ‘African Philosophy and Postmodern Thinking’. There are seven chapters in both parts. Five of the essays are reprinted here as important selections while nine are completely new essays commissioned for this book. As their titles suggest, in part one, African philosophy is unfolded in the manifestation of reason as embedded in modern thought while in part two, it draws the effect of reason as implicated in the postmodern orientation. While part one strikes at what V. Y. Mudimbe calls the “colonising structure” or the Greco-European logo-phallo-euro-centricism in thought, part two bashes the excesses of modernism and partly valorises postmodernism. In some chapters, modernism is presented as an intellectual version of communalism characterised by the cliché: ‘our people say’. Our thinking is that the voice of reason is not the voice of the people but the voice of an individual. The idea of this book is to open new vistas for the discipline of African philosophy. African philosophy is thus presented as a disagreement discourse. Without rivalry of thoughts, Africa will settle for far less. This gives postmodernism an important place, perhaps deservedly more important than history of philosophy allocates to it. It is that philosophical moment that says ‘philosophers must cease speaking like gods in their hegemonic cultural shrines and begin to converse across borders with one another’. In this conversation, the goal for African philosophers must not be to find final answers but to sustain the conversation which alone can extend human reason to its furthermost reaches..

Essays on Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy

Essays on Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy
Author: Jonathan O. Chimakonam
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2021-11-06
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 303070436X

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This volume is a collection of chapters about contemporary issues within African philosophy. They are issues African philosophy must grapple with to demonstrate its readiness to make a stand against some of the challenges society faces in the coming decade such as xenophobia, Afro-phobia, extreme poverty, democratic failure and migration. The text covers new methodical directions and there is focus on the conversationalist, complementarist and consolationist movements within the field as well as the place of the Indigenous Knowledge System.The collection speaks to African philosophy’s place in intellectual history with coverage of African Ethics and African socio-political philosophy. Contributors come from a variety of different backgrounds, institutions and countries. Through their innovative ideas, they provide fresh insight and intellectual energy. The book appeals to philosophy students and researchers..

The African Philosophy Reader

The African Philosophy Reader
Author: Pieter Hendrik Coetzee
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 492
Release: 1998
Genre: Philosophy, African
ISBN 13: 9780415189057

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This collection provides a thorough introduction to African philosophy, literature, religion and anthropology through twenty-five readings from key thinkers. They discuss topics such as African culture, epistemology, metaphysics and religion, political philosophy, aesthetics, and explore rationality and explanation in an African context..

African Philosophy

African Philosophy
Author: Pascah Mungwini
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2022-03-24
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 1350196517

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Caught between the history of exclusion and the reality of the world philosophies approach, this is an introduction to African philosophy unlike any other. With distinctive insight Pascah Mungwini brings together African philosophy and the emancipative mission, introducing African thought as a practice defined by its own history and priority questions while always in dialogue with the world. He charts the controversies and contestations around the contemporary practice of philosophy as an academic enterprise in Africa, examining some of philosophy's most serious mistakes, omissions, and failures. Covering the history of African philosophy's development and trajectory, Mungwini's introduction focuses on the struggle for intellectual liberation. His compelling portrayal reveals that true liberation begins by understanding one's own world, an essential point for anyone beginning to explore another philosophical tradition on its own terms..

The African Philosophy Reader

The African Philosophy Reader
Author: P.H. Coetzee
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 813
Release: 2004-03
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 1135884196

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Divided into eight sections, each with introductory essays, the selections offer rich and detailed insights into a diverse multinational philosophical landscape. Revealed in this pathbreaking work is the way in which traditional philosophical issues related to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, for instance, take on specific forms in Africa's postcolonial struggles. Much of its moral, political, and social philosophy is concerned with the turbulent processes of embracing modern identities while protecting ancient cultures..

African Philosophy and Global Justice

African Philosophy and Global Justice
Author: Uchenna Okeja
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2020-05-21
Genre: Political Science
ISBN 13: 0429657242

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In contemporary political philosophy, the subject of global justice has received sustained interest. This is unsurprising, given the nexus between inequality and many of the pressing global problems today, such as immigration, global public health, poverty and violence. Theorists of global justice ask why inequality is morally wrong, what we owe to the global poor, what the implications of global inequality for people in affluent countries are, and the power of agencies or institutions necessary for the realization of a fairer world. Although political philosophers have offered different conceptions of these problems and narratives of the ideal of justice, a major shortcoming of the current discussion are the limits of the concepts and idioms employed. Assumptions are made about the experience of poverty, but little is done to understand the way people in underdeveloped countries experience and understand their predicament. This has resulted in the entrenchment of cognitive inequality in the global justice debate. This book attempts to correct the inaccuracies engendered by the one-sided theorising of global justice. By employing metaphors, concepts and philosophical ideas to reflect on global justice, the book provides an account of global justice that goes beyond current parochial perspective. This book was originally published as a Special Issue of Philosophical Papers..

A Short History of African Philosophy

A Short History of African Philosophy
Author: B. Hallen
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2002
Genre: Social Science
ISBN 13: 9780253215314

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In this accessible book, Barry Hallen discusses the major ideas, figures, and schools of thought in African philosophy. While drawing out critical issues in the formation of African philosophy, Hallen focuses on the recent scholarship, current issues, and relevant debates that have made African philosophy an important key to understanding the rich and complex cultural heritage of Africa. Hallen builds upon Africa's connections with Western philosophical traditions and explores African contributions to cultural universalism, cultural relativism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and Marxism. Hallen also examines African challenges to Western conceptions of philosophy by taking on questions such as whether philosophy can exist in cultures that are significantly based in oral traditions and what may or may not constitute philosophical texts. Among the figures whose work is discussed are Ptah-hotep (Egypt, 3rd millennium BCE), Zar'a Ya'aqob (Abyssinia, 17th century), Anton Wilhelm Amo (Ghana, 18th century), Paulin Hountondji, V. Y. Mudimbe, Oyeronke Oyewumi, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Kwasi Wiredu.This clearly written, highly readable, and concise work will be essential for students and scholars of African philosophy as well as readers with a wide range of interests in African studies..

Beyond Bantu Philosophy

Beyond Bantu Philosophy
Author: Frans Dokman
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2022-07-29
Genre: History
ISBN 13: 100060442X

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Franciscan priest Placide Tempels’s 1946 book, Bantu Philosophy, introduced a new discourse about African thought and beliefs, questioning the universality of Western philosophy and establishing paradigms that continue to dominate discussion of the relationships between Africa and the West today. More than 75 years after the publication of this influential text, this volume brings together a wide range of contributors to examine the legacy and impact of Tempels’s work for the study of African philosophy and religion. Reflecting on whether Bantu Philosophy reinforces conflict or convergence between Africa and the West, and its reception within Africa, scholars from both African and Western institutions provide new perspectives on both Tempels’s ideas and ongoing debates in African philosophy and religion..

African Philosophy

African Philosophy
Author: Lajul, Wilfred
Publsiher: Fountain Publishers
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2014-01-16
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 9970253077

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African philosophy has for long been rejected on the basis that it is not known, or has not been written down. Behind this view is the idealist presumption that for something to exist, it must first be perceived. However, for something to be perceived, it must first exist. African Philosophy: Critical Dimensions examines what constitutes African philosophy in terms of its meaning, foundation, sources, methodology, characteristics, and relevance. The book analyses traditional African philosophy from the political, social, ethical, epistemological and metaphysical angles. The book further critically discusses modern African political philosophy, modern African social philosophy, modern African economic philosophy, and modern African philosophy of religion. It ends with the identification of the different conclusions that were derived from the study and general recommendations, some specifically for researchers and writers, especially in the area of African philosophy. Wilfred Lajul joins other authentic voices examining African Philosophy..

Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy

Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy
Author: Edwin E. Etieyibo
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 365
Release: 2018-02-24
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 3319702262

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This book takes stock of the strides made to date in African philosophy. Authors focus on four important aspects of African philosophy: the history, methodological debates, substantive issues in the field, and direction for the future. By collating this anthology, Edwin E. Etieyibo excavates both current and primordial knowledge in African philosophy, enhancing the development of this growing field..

Partiality and Impartiality in African Philosophy

Partiality and Impartiality in African Philosophy
Author: M. Molefe
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 181
Release: 2021-11-10
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 1498599443

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This book philosophically explores and works to resolve the tension between equality (impartiality) and favoritism (partiality) in light of intellectual resources in the African tradition of philosophy..

African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women

African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women
Author: Jonathan O. Chimakonam
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2018-04-20
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 1351120085

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This book examines the underexplored notion of epistemic marginalization of women in the African intellectual place. Women's issues are still very much neglected by governments, corporate bodies and academics in sub-Saharan Africa. The entrenched traditional world-views which privilege men over women make it difficult for the modern day challenges posed by the neglect of the feminine epistemic perspective, to become obvious. Contributors address these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives, demonstrating what philosophy could do to ameliorate the epistemic marginalization of women, as well as ways in which African philosphy exacerbates this marginalization. Philosophy is supposed to teach us how to lead the good life in all its ramifications; why is it failing in this duty in Africa where the issue of women’s epistemic vision is concerned? The chapters raise feminist agitations to a new level; beginning from the regular campaigns for various women’s rights and reaching a climax in an epistemic struggle in which the knowledge-controlling power to create, acquire, evaluate, regulate and disseminate is proposed as the last frontier of feminism..

Ethnophilosophy and the Search for the Wellspring of African Philosophy

Ethnophilosophy and the Search for the Wellspring of African Philosophy
Author: Ada Agada
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2022-01-12
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 3030788970

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This book provides a case for the de-stigmatisation of ethnophilosophy by demonstrating its continuing relevance in contemporary African philosophy. The book brings together established and brilliant young scholars who defend ethnophilosophy as a unique source of African philosophy with the capacity to colour African philosophical scholarship, thereby distinguishing African philosophy from other philosophical traditions of the world and setting the stage for philosophical dialogue in the 21st century characterised by multiculturalism and globalisation. The volume addresses the future of African philosophy by closely linking the past of this tradition with the exciting projects of the contemporary system builders whose works emerge from the ethnophilosophical while transcending it. The book is aimed at African philosophy experts, scholars of intercultural philosophy, African studies scholars and graduate students of African and intercultural philosophy..

African Philosophy

African Philosophy
Author: Paulin J. Hountondji
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 1996
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN 13: 0253210968

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Hountondji contends that ideological manifestations of this view that stress the uniqueness of the African experience are protonationalist reactions against colonialism conducted, paradoxically, in the terms of colonialist discourse. Hountondji argues that a genuine African philosophy must assimilate and transcend the theoretical heritage of Western philosophy and must reflect a rigorous process of independent scientific inquiry..