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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. Résister à la lecture sartrienne de Fanon.Adoulou Bitang - 2021 - Raison Ardente 1 (111):49-62.
    Dans cet article, j’essaie de dévoiler le contenu de vérité de la préface que Sartre rédigea pour Les damnés de la terre de Frantz Fanon. Je tenterai précisément de montrer que ce texte sert — et a effectivement servi — à paralyser l’analyse de Fanon et à la neutraliser. J’argumenterai donc en faveur de la résistance vis-à-vis d’une telle situation.
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  2. HOW THE IDEA OF CHANGE HAS MEDDLED WITH AFRICAN CULTURAL PRACTICES AND THE AFRICAN.Ovett Nwosimiri - 2022 - Arumaruka: Journal of Conversational Thinking 2 (1):24-46.
    The idea of change seems to be a vital part of human life and culture. With the concept of change, people, communities, and cultural practices have significantly evolved. Change has transformed some communities, traditions, cultural values and practices, communication methods, education, art, and literature. Thus, in this paper, I focus on the idea of change, African cultural practices, and the African sense of community. I aim to show how the concept of change has meddled with African cultural practices and the (...)
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  3. The Conception of African Philosophy by Western Thinkers.Bernard Oduro-Amankwaah - manuscript
    Philosophy has long been seen as a crucial instrument for living a meaningful life. Nonetheless, for more than a decade, systematic philosophical study in Africa has been dominated by a single compound question: Is there an African philosophy, and if so, what is its nature? When it comes to Africa and philosophy, there is a lot of debate about whether or not Africans have a philosophy. Africans have long been accused of being irrational. Some Western scholars’ interpretations of African philosophy (...)
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  4. “Women’s Rights in Kenya Since Independence: The Complexities of Kenya’s Legal System and the Opportunities of Civic Engagement”.Gail M. Presbey - 2022 - Journal of Social Encounters 6 (1):32-48.
    Since Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963, women’s rights in the country have made slow gains and suffered some setbacks. However, the rights of women and their guaranteed participation in politics was outlined in Kenya’s 2010 Constitution. This paper will survey some of those gains as well as describe the social backlash experienced by women leaders who have been trailblazers in post-colonial Kenyan politics.
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  5. Batir une « culture nationale » interethnique et Intergénérationnelle au Kenya.Gail Presbey - 2012 - Diogène n° 235-236 (3):60-77.
    The challenges of building community based on a common identity that also respects differences has two different kinds of chasms to cross. There is the division of ethnic groups, and there is also the generational gap. Given recent problems of ethnic violence that broke out during the December 2007 elections, can contemporary Kenyans build community, coming to common understanding with others on issues such as value and identity? This is not a new problem. It has often been expressed as the (...)
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  6. Kant’s Deontology as a Critique of Africa’s Ideological Ambiguity.Kizito Michael George - 2021 - Estudos Kantianos, Marília 9 (2):81-92.
    The communal characteristic of African Societies has frequently been juxtaposed with the individualistic tenets of Western polities. However, the evolution of African societies into liberal democracies with the obligation to promote and protect constitutionalism and individual liberties calls for a philosophical niche to bridge between communality and individuality. This paper argues that Africa’s moral and political philosophy is in an urgent need of a Kantian Copernican revolution to ameliorate the conflictual interface between sociality and individualism. The paper opines that the (...)
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  7. African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women Jonathan O. Chimakonam and Louise du Toit (Eds.). London and New York: Routledge/ Taylor and Francis, 2018. ISBN 9780815359647. [REVIEW]Gail Presbey - 2021 - Hypatia 36 (e4):1-9.
    This book addresses the relative absence of the voices and ideas of African women in philosophy. Most of the authors (who are mostly African men) bemoan the fact that many voices are missing. Each contributes what they can to highlight the importance of the gap or to address the gap. The co-editors suggest that from its start, African philosophy intended to be egalitarian, emancipatory, and revolutionary, and so the current marginalization of African women should be a prominent concern. The review (...)
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  8. Security, Local Community, and the Democratic Political Culture in Africa.Krzysztof Trzcinski - 2021 - In Adeshina Afolayan (ed.), Pathways to Alternative Epistemologies in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 111-122.
    In this study, the idea of the local African community as a social structure ensuring the security of its members is presented. An understanding of the concept of security is first briefly discussed, followed by the meaning of the concept of the local African community. The chapter also makes an a priori distinction between what one can call “moderate” and “radical” types of communal life and two case studies exemplifying them are presented. The chapter aims to analyze the trade off, (...)
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  9. Living Proof.Janet L. Borgerson - 2008 - CLR James Journal 14 (1):269-283.
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African Philosophy: Aesthetics
  1. Zollywood and the Eclipse of Christianity by African Tradtional Religion in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe.Robert Matikiti - 2022 - In William H. U. Anderson (ed.), Film, Philosophy and Religion. Vernon Press.
  2. The Globalization of Africana Aesthetics.Theophus "Thee" Smith - 2022 - In Paul Carter Harrison, Michael D. Harris & Pellom McDaniels (eds.), Ashé: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic Expression. Routledge.
  3. The Globalization of Africana Aesthetics.Theophus "Thee" Smith - 2022 - In Paul Carter Harrison, Michael D. Harris & Pellom McDaniels (eds.), Ashé: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic. Routledge.
  4. Advancing African Dance as a Practice of Freedom.Shani Collins & Truth Hunter - 2022 - In Christa J. Porter, V. Thandi Sulé & Natasha N. Croom (eds.), Black Feminist Epistemology, Research, and Praxis: Narratives in and Through the Academy. Routledge.
  5. Ashé: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic.Paul Carter Harrison, Michael D. Harris & Pellom McDaniels (eds.) - 2022 - Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
    ASHÉ: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic is a collection of interdisciplinary essays contributed by international scholars and practitioners. Having distinguished themselves across such disciplines as Anthropology, Art, Music, Literature, Dance, Philosophy, Religion, and Theology and conjoined to construct a defining approach to the study of Aesthetics throughout the African Diaspora with the Humanities at the core, this collection of essays will break new ground in the study of Black Aesthetics. This book will be of great interest to scholars, practitioners, and (...)
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  6. Ashé: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic Expression.Paul Carter Harrison, Michael D. Harris & Pellom McDaniels (eds.) - 2022 - New York: Routledge.
    ASHÉ: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic is a collection of interdisciplinary essays contributed by international scholars and practitioners. Having distinguished themselves across such disciplines as Anthropology, Art, Music, Literature, Dance, Philosophy, Religion, and Theology and conjoined to construct a defining approach to the study of Aesthetics throughout the African Diaspora with the Humanities at the core, this collection of essays will break new ground in the study of Black Aesthetics. This book will be of great interest to scholars, practitioners, and (...)
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  7. Advancing African Dance as a Practice of Freedom.Shani Collins & Truth Hunter - 2023 - In Christa J. Porter, V. Thandi Sulé & Natasha N. Croom (eds.), Black feminist epistemology, research, and praxis: narratives in and through the academy. Routledge.
  8. Caught in the Cosmic Web: Ghanaian Folk Tales in the Twenty-First Century.Louise Muller & K. Dorvlo - 2022 - Amsterdam, Nederland: Quest for Wisdom Foundation.
    This e-book is a collection of orally transmitted folktales about animals, currently circulating among the Ewe and Akan people of Ghana. Many of the stories in this bundle provide an explanation for the appearance of the most remarkable Ghanaian animals. For example, why does the parrot have such beautiful feathers? And why does the Pin-tailed Whydah have such a long tail? For sure, Ghanaian storytellers know the answer. They shared their animal wisdom stories, including those of the famous spider Anansi, (...)
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  9. The de-Africanization of African Art: Towards Post-African Aesthetics.Denis Ekpo & Pfunzo Sidogi - 2021 - Routledge.
    This book argues for a radical new approach to thinking about art and creativity in Africa, challenging outdated normative discourses about Africa's creative heritage. Africanism, which is driven by a traumatic response to colonialism in Africa, has an almost unshakable stranglehold on the content, stylistics, and meaning of art in Africa. Post-African aesthetics insists on the need to move beyond this counter-colonial self-consciousness and considerably change, re-work and enlarge the ground, principles and mission of artistic imagination and creativity in Africa. (...)
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  10. Futurism and the African Imagination: Literature and Other Arts.Dike Okoro - 2021 - Routledge.
    This book investigates how African authors and artists have explored themes of the future and technology within their works. Afrofuturism was coined in the 1990s as a means of exploring the intersection of African diaspora culture with technology, science and science fiction. However, this book argues that literature and other arts within Africa has always reflected on themes of futurism, across diverse forms of speculative writing, images, spirituality, myth, magical realism, the supernatural, performance and other forms of oral resources. This (...)
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  11. Architecture, West African Built Environment.Jean-Paul Bourdier & Trinh T. Minh-ha - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 60-65.
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  12. Aesthetic, African Dance.Kariamu Welsh Asante - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 7-9.
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  13. Aesthetic, African.Kariamu Welsh Asante - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 5-7.
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  14. On the Search for Identity in African Architecture.Emmanuel Babatunde Jaiyeoba - 2021 - In Adeshina Afolayan (ed.), Pathways to Alternative Epistemologies in Africa. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 141-163.
    There is a contention on whether African architecture actually exists especially in relation to possessing a distinct identity. Also, African architecture is rarely discussed within mainstream contemporary theoretical debates in Architecture except with respect to influences on arts, artists and architecture in the developed world and generally speaking architecture of the past. This chapter reviews the different perspectives and conceptualisations on African architecture and its global influences. Furthermore the sources of and obstacles to identity formation in African architecture were reviewed (...)
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  15. The “African Prints”: Africa and Aesthetics in the Textile World.Tunde M. Akinwumi - 2021 - In Adeshina Afolayan (ed.), Pathways to Alternative Epistemologies in Africa. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 123-140.
    The chapter challenges the aesthetic imprints of Vlisco, a Dutch firm, whose representation of Africa’s image in its textile products and fabrics exported to Africa over many decades left much to be desired. The artistic contents of the products, mainly an amalgam of Javanese, Indian, Chinese, Arab and European cultural imageries, are branded as “African prints”. The chapter considered several arguments for and against Vlisco’s “African prints,” as well as the objection for a global understanding of textile and their aesthetic (...)
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  16. Braz Teixeira, António: A saudade na poesia lusófona africana E outros estudos sobre a saudade, Mil (movimento internacional lusófono) E dg edições, Linda-a-velha (portugal), 2021, 170p. [REVIEW]Luis García Soto & Miguel Ángel Martínez Quintanar - 2021 - Agora 41 (1).
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  17. Philosophy and Figures of the African Female.Sanya Osha - 2006 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 20 (1-2):155-204.
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  18. Crafting Epicenters of Agency': Sarah Bartmann and African Feminist Literary Imaginings.Pumla Dineo Ggola - 2006 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 20 (1-2):45-76.
  19. Can There Be an Authentically African Literature in English.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1997 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 11 (1-2):69-79.
  20. Olusegun Oladipo: Philosophy, Literature and the African Novel. [REVIEW]Willem Storm - 1993 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):127-129.
  21. Semiotic Elements in Yoruba Art and Ritual.J. R. O. Ojo - 1979 - Semiotica 28 (3-4):333-348.
    Various Yoruba ritual elements--verbal utterances, songs, dance movements, drums and drum rhythms--are extracted from ceremonies connected with their usage as a semiological system.
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  22. The Symbolism and Significance of Epa-Type Masquerade Headpieces.J. R. O. Ojo - 1978 - Man: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 13 (3):455-470.
    Illustrations and analysis of a specific type of masquerade in the Yoruba culture of Nigeria.
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  23. Ogboni Drums.J. R. O. Ojo - 1973 - African Arts 6 (3):50-52, 84.
    Illustrations and commentaries on the use and significance of drums associated with a specific society in Yoruba culture.
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  24. Examples of Yoruba Art From the University of Ife Institute of African Studies Museum.J. R. O. Ojo - 1967 - Odu: A Journal of West African Studies 4 (1):28-29.
    Illustrations and commentaries on Yoruba art objects recently acquired by the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ife, Nigeria.
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  25. Beauty and Culture: Perspectives in Black Aesthetics: An Introduction to African and African Diaspora Philosophy of Art.John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji - 2003 - Spectrum Books.
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  26. Metropolitan Fetish : African Sculpture and the Imperial French Invention of Primitive Art.John Warne Monroe (ed.) - 2019 - New York: Ithaca, Cornell University Press.
    A history of the French reception of African art, especially wooden masks and figures, in the first four decades of the twentieth century, and how that reception led to the creation of the broader aesthetic category Westerners now know as "primitive art.
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  27. Beauty in African Thought – Critical Perspectives on the Western Idea of Development, March 2023.Bolaji Bateye, Mahmoud Masaeli, Louise Muller & Angela Roothaan (eds.) - forthcoming - Lanham, MD 20706, Verenigde Staten: Rowman & Littlefield.
    This book researches the ideas of Western and African scholars for a more inclusive development industry and studies. -/- .
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  28. I’M Too Real For Yah.Tommy J. Curry - 2009 - Radical Philosophy Review 12 (1-2):61-77.
    I am interested in looking at Krumpin’ through what I am calling the “politics of submergence.” If my world is chaotic, if my Blackness is my murderer, can I be expected to create beauty? Can my art be transformative? My paper argues that Krumpin’ is in fact transformative, not to the extent that it perpetuates hope, but maintains its social pessimism. In accepting both the conditions that have sustained the racial marginalization of African descended people, and the impotence of this (...)
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  29. Chinua Achebe and the Question of Modern African Tragedy.Neil ten Kortenaar - 2006 - Philosophia Africana 9 (2):83-100.
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  30. "Self-Writing" As History: Reconsidering Soyinka's Representation of the Past.Jane Bryce - 2008 - Philosophia Africana 11 (1):37-60.
  31. Oguntoyinbo: Wole Soyinka and Igilango Geesi.Biodun Jeyifo - 2008 - Philosophia Africana 11 (1):21-36.
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  32. The Achievement of Wole Soyinka.F. Abiola Irele - 2008 - Philosophia Africana 11 (1):5-19.
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  33. Special Issue on Wole Soyinka.Esiaba Irobi - 2008 - Philosophia Africana 11 (1):1-4.
  34. Good and Beautiful: A Moral-Aesthetic View of Personhood in African Communal Traditions.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2016 - Essays in Philosophy 17 (1):125-163.
    I articulate an African view of personhood that combines beauty and goodness–aesthetic and moral features. I discuss the idea of communalism, which provides the social and moral values and belief system that give meaning to this view of personhood. I use ideas from some African ethnic traditions, or some people’s account of these traditions, as examples to illustrate this view. The similarities in these examples from different ethnic traditions indicate that it is reasonable to characterize this view as a common (...)
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  35. The Anatomy of Power: European Constructions of the African Body. Alexander Butchart.William M. King - 1999 - Isis 90 (2):408-409.
  36. The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse About Values in Yoruba Culture.Barry Hallen - 2000 - Indiana University Press.
    The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture Barry Hallen Reveals everyday language as the key to understanding morals and ethics in Yoruba culture. "This contrasts with any suggestion that in Yoruba or, more generally, African society, moral thinking manifests nothing much more than a supine acquiescence in long established communal values.... Hallen renders a great service to African philosophy." —Kwasi Wiredu In Yoruba culture, morality and moral values are intimately linked to aesthetics. The purest (...)
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  37. Makaveli's Offspring: A Kendrick Lamar Primer.Joseph Osel - forthcoming - de Musica 44 (13).
  38. Dancing Histories: Heuristic Ethnography with the Ohafia Igbo.John Christensen McCall - 2000 - University of Michigan Press.
    Outlines a method for incorporating indigenous knowledge into anthropological work as a source of theoretical alternatives.
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  39. Yoruba: Art and Aesthetics.Rowland Abiodun & Henry John Drewal - 1991
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  40. Magical Realism in West African Fiction: Seeing with a Third Eye.Brenda Cooper - 1998 - Psychology Press.
    This study contextualizes magical realism within current debates and theories of postcoloniality and examines the fiction of three of its West African pioneers: Syl Cheney-Coker of Sierra Leone, Ben Okri of Nigeria and Kojo Laing of Ghana. Brenda Cooper explores the distinct elements of the genre in a West African context, and in relation to: * a range of global expressions of magical realism, from the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez to that of Salman Rushdie * wider contemporary trends in (...)
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  41. Criticism, Theory and Ideology in African Literature.Olu Obafemi - 2003
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