Philosophy From Africa: A Text with Readings

Oxford University Press (2002)
This considerably revised second edition of Philosopy from Africa presents the current philosophical debate in Africa to a diverse, multicultural world. Its major themes include decolonization, Afro-centrism vs. Euro-centrism, the struggle for cultural freedoms on the continent, and the historic role of Black Consciousness in the African liberation struggle. Writers and thinkers, Steve Biko, Kwasi Wiredu, Abiola Irele, Mogobe Ramose, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o and Wole Soyinka, among others, explore the debate surrounding: restitution and reconciliation in the post-colonial milieu, pressures on the tradition of African Philosophy in the modern world, the reconstitution of the African self, the conflict between African and Westwern epistemological paradigms, justice and globalization, and the continuity of religion and metaphysics in African thought. Africa is reconstituting its post-colonial character; much of its moral, political, and social thought is concerned with the turbulent process of embracing its modern identity while protecting its ancient cultures. Reflecting this process, this new edition of Philosophy from Africa also addresses provocative ideas about gender and race in Africa. When was the African woman 'invented'? What is the political morality of race? Africa's place in the global context, and the much publisized 'African Renaissance', are put under the prism of critical analysis. These pressing and increasingly urgent issues are eloquently addressed in a fascinating interplay of voices from both Africa and the West. Philosophy from Africa is the perfect guide to the fascinating world of African thought.
Keywords Philosophy, African  Discourses on Africa  Trends in African Philosophy  Metaphysical thinking in Africa  Epistemology and the tradition in Africa  Morality in African thought  Race and gender in Africa  Justice and restitution in African political thought  Africa in the global context
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Call number B5305.P48 2002
ISBN(s) 0195782038
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