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Summary African philosophy today is a dynamic and original discipline. Philosophers in the African context address such issues as the methodologies best suited to the study of Africa's indigenous intellectual and cultural heritages, how philosophy can contribute to the understanding and solution of contemporary African social and political concerns, as well as core issues and problems of international academic philosophy.
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  1. South-South Dialogue: In Search of Humanity.Bryan Mukandi - 2017 - Australian Journal of Indigenous Education 47 (1):73-81.
    This paper is a meditation on the idea of South-South dialogue, beginning with the South-South Dialogues: Situated Perspectives in Decolonial Epistemologies symposium held at the University of Queensland in 2015. I interrogate the concept of South-South dialogue, apposing it to the Cartesian ‘I think’, and then question the plausibility of the concept. On the basis of a Gadamerian conception of understanding, I suggest that what passes for South-South dialogue is in fact more likely to be North-South or even North-North dialogue. (...)
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  2. Beyond Hermes: Metaphysics in a New Key.Bryan Mukandi - 2019 - Utafiti 14 (1):152-168.
    The following pages engage a hermeneutic approach to African philosophy, focusing on the work of Tsenay Serequeberhan. At the heart of the discussion is the question of where to locate such an approach in the existing philosophical literature. Does this way of working render African philosophy a European enterprise? Giving an affirmative response, the writings of Paulin Hountondji, which draw upon Husserlian phenomenology, are taken up as an alternative response to questions raised here about the meaning and methods of hermeneutics. (...)
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  3. The Difficult Archangel: On the Poetry of Wilson Harris.Rowan Ricardo Phillips - 1999 - Clr James Journal 7 (1):14-19.
  4. Living Proof.Janet L. Borgerson - 2008 - Clr James Journal 14 (1):269-283.
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  1. Gingando and Cooling Out: The Embodied Philosophies of the African Diaspora.Julio Cesar de Souza Tavares - 1998 - Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin
    This dissertation develops a comparative analysis of Afro-Brazilians and African Americans, seeking to understand the processes of embodiment, meaning and social order in the constitution of the African Diaspora. The study singles out two sociocultural categories, "Ginga" and "Cool," among, respectively, Afro-Brazilians living in Mangueira and African-Americans living in Harlem, . Both of these categories have been related to bodily practices in the African Diaspora and are responsible for defining styles, rhythms of life, and the management of everyday routines: "Ginga" (...)
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  2. African Vitalogy a Step Forward in African Thinking.Martin Nkafu Nkemnkia - 1999
  3. Orpheus in Africa Fragmentation and Renewal in the Work of Four African Writers.Jane Wilkinson - 1990
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  4. Person and Community Ghanaian Philosophical Studies I.Kwame Gyekye & Kwasi Wiredu - 1992
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  5. Person and Community.Kwasi Wiredu, Kwame Gyekye, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies & Unesco - 1992
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  6. A Young Man Can Have the Embroidered Gown of an Elder, but He Can't Have the Rags of an Elder Conversations on Yoruba Culture.Rowland Abiodun & Ulli Beier - 1991 - Iwalewa.
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  7. Consciencism: The Philosophy of Nkrumaism.John Howard Mcclendon - 1999 - Dissertation, University of Kansas
    Nkrumah's philosophical text, Consciencism , was one of the first attempts, by an African thinker, to formulate a Marxist philosophical analysis of African conditions and the struggle against imperialism. Therefore, Consciencism stands as a work in both African and Marxist philosophy. There has been a relative lack of attention to this work, especially when measured against the rather extensive commentary on Nkrumah's general corpus. Therefore, Nkrumah's Consciencism requires serious study if one is to gain further insights into not only Nkrumah's (...)
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  8. Metaphysics of the Ndi-Igbo.Cajethan Ndubuisi - 2004 - Philosophy Pathways 93.
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  9. The New Perspective; an Essay.Rudolf Jordan - 1952 - Journal of Philosophy 49 (10):362-364.
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  10. The Hermeneutics of the African Traditional Culture.Innocent Ihemalol Egbujie - 1977 - Dissertation, Boston College
  11. Holistic Healing: An Analytical Review of Medicine-Men in African Societies.Peter M. Mumo - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (1):111-122.
    Since the advent of modernity and Christianity in Africa, indigenous African holistic healing, and especially its psychological aspect, has been given negative publicity. This article examines ways in which African traditional medicine men made and continue to make a significant contribution to healing in their societies. It argues that due to the numerous challenges in contemporary African societies, there is need for a pragmatic approach, in which all innovations that can alleviate human suffering are taken on board and encouraged as (...)
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  12. Contextualizing ‘Philosophic Sagacity’ Among the Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria: An Examination of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.Chigbo Joseph Ekwealo - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2):205-218.
    This paper validates Odera Oruka’s assertion that Philosophic Sagacity is a pervasive phenomenon among African peoples. It argues that whereas Oruka mostly focused on the Kenyan social environment in defense of his thesis, his observations are also applicable to African communities outside Kenya’s borders, especially in their pre-colonial settings, where there were people who interrogated the rationale of their cultures’ beliefs and practices. Towards this end, the paper deploys textual exegesis on Chinua Achebe’s epic novel, Things Fall Apart, set among (...)
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  13. From Socrates to Odera Oruka: Wisdom and Ethical Commitment.Anke Graness - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2):1-22.
    Odera Oruka’s Sage philosophy project, his definition of philosophy, the method of interviewing sages, and the differentiation between folk and philosophic sages, have been discussed and criticised at length. Unfortunately, less known is Odera Oruka’s work on Ethics. This is especially regrettable, as his philosophical work had two main objectives: The liberation of philosophy in Africa from ethnological and racist prejudices . The reconstruction of the dimension of sagacity in philosophy which got lost in technical and analytic language during the (...)
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  14. Reason and Sagacity in Africa: Odera Oruka’s Contribution to Philosophy.F. Ochieng-Odhiambo & C. Iteyo - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2):169-184.
    Commentators on the four trends in contemporary African philosophy as enunciated by H. Odera Oruka frequently focus on the merits and demerits of each trend. However, many of them are obblivious to the way in which sagacity emancipates African philosophy by putting reason in its rightful pivotal position. This article argues that while the professional philosophers accused ethno-philosophers of doing disservice to African philosophy, they too stand accused of the same. This is due to the fact that both ethno-philosophy and (...)
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  15. Race Ideology and the Conceptualization of Philosophy: The Story of Philosophy in Africa From Placide Tempels to Odera Oruka.Francis E. A. Owakah - 2012 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2):147-168.
    Philosophy in Africa has come a long way. From the 18th and 19th centuries when it was totally ignored or denied altogether, to when it was given a lower status by ethnophilosophers. Today we talk proudly of an African philosophy. What is often forgotten is its history and the players behind its historical moments. This paper tells the story of how racial ideology had defined the course of philosophy in Africa. We are particularly concerned with telling the story of Henry (...)
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  16. Ibuanyidanda , Communalism and Theory Formulation in African Philosophy.Innocent I. Asouzu - 2011 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 3 (2):9-34.
    This paper avers that most attempts at formulating viable theories in African philosophy are saddled with intrusions of ethnophilosophic and ethnocentric types: The author identifies this as the phenomenon of “unintended ethnocentric commitment”. He uses communalism, a socio-political theory in African philosophy, to illustrate his point. He further argues that overreliance on the method of synthetic deduction - as is widely practised in African philosophy - can impact adversely on the universal outreach of theories and limit our knowledge of the (...)
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  17. The Consequentialist Foundations of Traditional Yoruba Ethics: An Exposition.Babalola Joseph Balogun - 2013 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (2):103-121.
    Several treatises have been written on the foundations of African moral systems. A significant number of them favours the claim that these systems are founded on religion, with the latter providing a justification for the former. Others have taken a contrary position, denying the supposed necessary causal connection between religion and African moral systems. This paper neither seeks to support nor rebut any of the foundations proposed, but rather to argue for the thesis that from whichever perspective it is viewed (...)
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  18. Odera Oruka's Four Trends in African Philosophy and Their Implications for Education in Africa.Oswell Hapanyengwi-Chemhuru - 2013 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (2):39-55.
    The late Kenyan philosopher, Henry Odera Oruka, identified six schools of thought on what African philosophy is or could be, namely, ethno-philosophy, philosophic sagacity, nationalistic-ideological philosophy, professional philosophy, hermeneutic philosophy, and artistic or literary philosophy. The first four are the generally well known and well explained schools of African philosophy. In this article, we seek to reflect on the implications of the four trends on education in Africa. This enterprise is informed by the conviction that philosophy of education, while it (...)
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  19. Questionable but Unquestioned Beliefs: A Call for a Critical Examination of Yoruba Culture.Oyelakin Richard Taye - 2013 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (2):81-101.
    The fundamental belief in destiny in Yoruba culture is explained within the tradition that for every individual person who comes to aye , there is a package of destiny containing the totality of all that such person will be. However, the content of this destiny is not known to any person except Orunmila, one of the deities. Therefore, it is believed that a person dies if and when he/she has exhausted the content of his/her ori . Included also in the (...)
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  20. African Philosophy and the Challenge of Innovative Thinking.Ada Agada - 2013 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (1):41-67.
    This paper argues that the continued emphasis on ethno-philosophy and the relative absence of intellectual passion and curiosity are the greatest challenges facing African philosophy. The paper rejects the racist lamentation of scholars such as Olufemi Taiwo who blame the West for Africa’s absence from the stage of world philosophy. It highlights the link between L.S. Senghor’s doctrine of negritude, the philosophy of Innocent Asouzu, and the emerging synthesis of consolationism to underline the fact that African philosophy has made some (...)
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  21. ‘Building A Humane Society’: An Intellectual Sketch of H. Odera Oruka.Kai Kresse - 2013 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (1):25-40.
    This paper discusses Odera Oruka’s philosophical work from the perspective of its emphasis on the ‘practical’ impetus that Oruka himself underlined. In different ways, his various projects - his sage philosophy, his philosophy of liberty, his environmental philosophy and, perhaps most importantly, his critiques of African social and political realities - can be seen as manifestations of his commitment to the practical relevance and social significance of knowledge, and his conviction about the potentially liberating force of philosophical critique. Here, I (...)
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  22. African Philosophy: Appraisal of a Recurrent Problematic: Part 2: What Is African Philosophy and Who Is an African Philosopher?Godfrey Tangwa - 1992 - Cogito 6 (3):138-143.
  23. African Philosophy: Appraisal of a Recurrent Problematic: Part 1: The Sources of Traditional African Philosophy.Godfrey Tangwa - 1992 - Cogito 6 (2):78-84.
  24. Africism Vis-a-Vis the Globalization of African Belief, Ritual and Thought.Aloysius Lugira - 2004 - Skepsis: A Journal for Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research 15 (1).
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  25. "Africanization In Tuition": African National Education?Ulrike Kistner - 2008 - Mediations 24 (1).
    The current rhetoric of “Africanization” ostensibly refers back to pan-African or national-liberationist ideals. However, the “transformation agendas” of South African higher education institutions, of which “Africanization” forms an integral part, have been shown to be closely linked with the commercialization and corporatization of the university, and with elite nationalism. Many African academics across the continent have articulated this development in terms of a sense of loss. This article investigates that sense of loss. To the extent that African intellectuals expected their (...)
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  26. What Is In A Name: An Outline Of Recent Issues In African Philosophy.D. Masolo - 2003 - Florida Philosophical Review 3 (1):72-80.
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  27. Some Comments On Contemporary African.Kwasi Wiredu - 2003 - Florida Philosophical Review 3 (1):91-96.
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  28. The African City and the Mission of the Church.S. Gerard Whelan - 2011 - The Lonergan Review 3 (1):257-303.
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  29. Contributions to the African Flora.Harry Bolus - 1905 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 16 (1):135-152.
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  30. On the South African Dinosaur.R. Broom - 1905 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 16 (1):201-206.
  31. Some Notes Regarding South African Pharmacology.C. F. Juritz - 1905 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 16 (1):111-133.
  32. New South African Trap-Door Spiders of the Familyctenizidæin the Collection of the South African Museum.W. F. Precell - 1900 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 11 (1):348-382.
  33. Proceedings of the South African Philosophical Society.L. Péringuey & Geo S. Corstorphine - 1900 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 11 (1):i-xix.
  34. South African Verbenaceæ.H. H. W. Pearson - 1904 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 15 (1):175-182.
  35. Annual Address to the Members of the South African Philosophical Society.J. D. F. Gilchrist - 1904 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 15 (1):i-xxx.
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  36. Annual Address to the Members of the South African Philosophical Society.D. Gill - 1890 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 8 (1):xlix-lxxi.
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  37. Annual Address to the Members of the South African Philosophical Society.R. Marloth - 1890 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 8 (1):civ-cxxi.
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  38. Report of the Proceedings of the South African Philosophical Society.L. Péringuey - 1890 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 8 (1):lxxii-lxxiii.
  39. Annual Address Read Before the “South African Philosophical Society”. MacOwan - 1884 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 4 (1):xxx-liii.
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  40. Annual Address to the Members of the South African Philosophical Society.W. H. Finlay - 1886 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 5 (1).
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  41. Report on the Proceedings of the South African Philosophical Society.W. H. Finlay - 1881 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 3 (1):lxviii-lxix.
  42. Annual Address Delivered to the South African Philosophical Society.John G. Gamble - 1881 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 3 (1):xlvii-lvii.
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  43. Annual Address to the Members of the South African Philosophical Society.John G. Gamble - 1881 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 3 (1):xix-xxxvi.
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  44. Annual Address to the Members of the South-African Philosophical Society.Roland Trimen - 1881 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 3 (1):lxx-lxxxii.
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  45. Report on the Proceedings of the South African Philosophical Society.R. Trimen - 1879 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 2 (1):xx-xxii.
  46. I. A Trans-African Telegraph. Siveright - 1877 - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 1 (2):1-11.
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