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  1. Writing and Social Life as a Metaphysical Theory: An Essay on a Definitive Statement of The Relation Between theory and Praxis, social popular common sense and academic scholar knowledge. [REVIEW]Victor Mota - manuscript
    some thoughts about creativity and freedom of expression.
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  2. Conversations on African Philosophy of Mind, Consciousness and AI.Aribiah Attoe, Samuel Segun, Victor Nweke & John-Bosco Umezurike (eds.) - forthcoming - Springer.
  3. Reincarnation in an African Metaphysics.G. E. Azenabor - forthcoming - Metaphysics, Phenomenology and African Philosophy. Ibadan: Hope Pub.
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  4. Onto-normative Monism in the ሐተታ (ḥāteta) of Zär’aYaʿǝqob: Insights into Ethiopian Epistemology and Lessons for the Problem of Superiorism.Björn Freter - forthcoming - In Isaac E. Ukpokolo Peter Aloysius Ikhane (ed.), African Epistemology: Being and Knowledge. London, UK:
    In this contribution, we will analyse the inquiry (ሐተታ, ḥāteta), written by Ethiopian scholar, Zera Yaqob, ዘርአ፡ያዕቆብ, Seed of Jacob (Sumner, 1976: 4, I). His philosophy resists a division into the basic disciplines customary in Western philosophy, his arguments, as we wish to propose with caution, combine metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology in a way that is almost impossible to separate. We will thus not be able to identify purely epistemological principles in his philosophy. However, since Zera Yaqob is deeply concerned (...)
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  5. What Is the Essence of an Essence? Comparing Afro-Relational and Western-Individualist Ontologies (repr.).Thaddeus Metz - 2024 - In Monique Whitaker & Jonathan Chimakonam (eds.), Contemporary Debates in African and Western Philosophy: Analytic and Intercultural Approaches. Bloomsbury. pp. ch. 11.
    Reprint of an article that first appeared in Synthesis Philosophica (2018).
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  6. The post-death question in African metaphysics: Engaging Attoe on death and life’s meaning.Tosin Adeate - 2023 - South African Journal of Philosophy 42 (2):89-97.
    Aribiah Attoe took issue with the materialist and the non-materialist African conceptions of death by arguing that the reality of death puts pressure on the human conception of life’s meaning. He admits the reality of an afterlife experience through a causal principle that sees events in the world as the product of interactions between predetermined past events. It is an afterlife where a decomposing body continues interacting with other things in the world, not an afterlife involving consciousness. While conscious meaning-making (...)
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  7. The Question of the African Personality in Chukwudum Barnabas Okolo: A Critical Review.Ugwu Ak - 2023 - Philosophy International Journal 6 (2):1-8.
    Okolo maintains that the African is identified by his personality which is the attitudinal disposition he designates as ‘beingwith’. He adopts the term ‘being-with’ to represent the African ‘communality’ which is all there is to be truly African. Though maintaining a radical communalistic viewpoint suspending in socio-ontological considerations, Okolo posits that this attitude characteristically defines and symbolically stands for that by which ‘an African’ is identified. However, Okolo’s position inheres some problems that border on one, the question and place of (...)
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  8. African Perspectives on the Question of Life’s Meaning.Aribiah Attoe (ed.) - 2023 - Routledge.
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  9. The Question of Life’s Meaning: An African Perspective.Aribiah David Attoe - 2023 - Springer Nature Switzerland.
    In answering the question of life’s meaning, the African perspective is only just beginning to emerge. While this is true, a critical examination of African theories of meaningfulness, the possibility of life’s meaninglessness, as well as ideas about the proper mode/mood for living with the meaninglessness of life are largely underexplored within the African philosophical tradition. This book provides several plausible accounts of meaning in/of life from an African perspective, examines the relationship between death and life’s meaningfulness, and explores the (...)
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  10. African Conceptions of the Meaning of Life.Aribiah David Attoe & Yolanda Mlungwana - 2023 - In Björn Freter, Elvis Imafidon & Mpho Tshivhase (eds.), Handbook of African Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 491-507.
    The question of life’s meaning is a universal question that not only cuts across various cultures but also resides at the back of the mind of almost every individual that has ever existed. The very desire to continue striving in this world suggests that there is something about life that makes it worth living. Even in the throes of despair and suicide, there is something that drives the existential angst that awakens such despair. Both striving and despair in life stand (...)
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  11. Conversations on African Philosophy of Mind, Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence.Aribiah David Attoe, Segun Samuel Temitope, Victor Nweke, John Umezurike & Jonathan Okeke Chimakonam (eds.) - 2023 - Springer Verlag.
    This book offers a first glimpse into contemporary African Philosophical thought, which covers issues related to the mind-body relationships, the problem of consciousness, the ethics of artificial intelligence, the meaning of life and other topics. Taking inspiration from the conversational tradition in African philosophy, this book not only engages with and takes inspiration from traditional African thought, but also engages with philosophical views outside the philosophical tradition in a bid to present a holistic understanding of the problems that are central (...)
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  12. Predeterminism as a category error: Why Aribiah Attoe got it wrong.Patrick Effiong Ben - 2023 - South African Journal of Philosophy-Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Wysbegeerte 42 (1):13-23.
    I aim to establish in this article why Aribiah Attoe, like other determinists before him, got it wrong in arguing for the possibility of predeterminism in a materially evolving universe. I will do this by proving two things: I will first establish the inconsistency of the idea of predeterminism in an evolving universe. Then, I argue that the adirectionality presupposed by an evolutionary universe gives room for free will and negates the argument for a predeterministic universe. I aim to achieve (...)
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  13. The Ontological Foundation of African Knowledge: A Critical Discourse in African Communitarian Ontology.Munamato Chemhuru - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
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  14. Personalism and an African Epistemology of Personhood.Philip Edema - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
  15. Aspiration and Self-Realization: The Ameliorative Projects of Steve Biko.David Miguel Gray - 2023 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences (2):142-162.
    Work on the conceptual amelioration of race concepts is usually negative or critical: it uncovers social features that contribute to racial hierarchies. Much less focus has been placed on how ameliorative accounts contribute to positive change. Using an account of race developed by Steve Biko during South African apartheid, I will argue that we can extract a novel account of positive amelioration in which racial categories can have normative or aspirational force, contributing to positive change.
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  16. African Endogenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development: Evolving an African Agrarian Philosophy.Alloy S. Ihuah - 2023 - In Mbih Jerome Tosam & Erasmus Masitera (eds.), African Agrarian Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 287-310.
    In Africa, the human person is the supreme force, the most powerful and dominant among all created beings. While this decreed power makes the lower beings subservient to humanity, it is only intended to be a source of harmony in the advancement of the hospitality and the joy of the human species. Today, however, the traditional lifestyles of Africans are threatened with virtual extinction by insensitive development over which the indigenous peoples have no participation. Africa has not only acquiesced a (...)
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  17. African Epistemology - Knowledge Ontologised.Peter Aloysius Ikhane - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
  18. Knowledge and Truth as Interaction between the Knower and Being: Knowing in African Epistemology.Anselm `Kole Jimoh - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
  19. African Metaphysics as a Basis of African Human and Economic Development.Wilfred Lajul - 2023 - In Bolaji Bateye, Mahmoud Masaeli, Louise Müller & Angela Roothaan (eds.), Beauty in African thought: critical perspectives on the Western idea of development. Lexington Books.
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  20. Being as the Object of Knowledge in African Spaces.Wilfred Lajul - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
  21. “It” And Personhood in African Philosophy.Mutshidzi Maraganedzha - 2023 - Arụmarụka 3 (1):86-106.
    The question of the nature of “it” and the progression1 from “it” to an “it” in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s normative conception of a person has created divisions amongst philosophers in African philosophy. In this article, I attempt to offer a charitable interpretation of Menkiti’s use of an “it” to denote an individual’s life through the usage of epistemological and ontological tools to assess the individual’s performance. In doing so, I argue that a better account of the progression is from an “it” (...)
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  22. Knowledge, Being, and the Case for an African Epistemology.Dennis Masaka - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
  23. From Ontology to Knowledge Acquisition in Africa and the Caribbean: What can be known for Certain?Sandra Mccalla - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge.
  24. Understanding a Thing's Nature: Comparing Afro-Relational and Western-Individualist Ontologies (Repr.).Thaddeus Metz - 2023 - In Peter Aloysius Ikhane & Isaac E. Ukpokolo (eds.), African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge. Routledge. pp. 63-78.
    Slightly modified reprint of an article first appearing in the journal _Synthesis Philosophica_ (2018).
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  25. Gratitude for Life-Force in African Philosophy.Thaddeus Metz - 2023 - In Joshua Harris, Kirk Lougheed & Neal DeRoo (eds.), Philosophical Perspectives on Existential Gratitude: Analytic, Continental, and Religious Approaches. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 89-107.
    I begin by constructing a religio-philosophical argument informed by ideas salient in the African tradition for thinking that we should express gratitude to God for having been giving a dignity-conferring life-force, after which I defend the argument from value-theoretic criticisms (I set aside metaphysical issues altogether). For example, I respond to the objections that having an inherent dignity is not a benefit of a sort warranting gratitude and that those with bad lives have no reason to be grateful. I conclude (...)
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  26. How African Conceptions of God Bear on Life's Meaning.Thaddeus Metz - 2023 - Religious Studies 59 (2):340-354.
    Up to now, a very large majority of work in the religious philosophy of life’s meaning has presumed a conception of God that is Abrahamic. In contrast, in this essay I critically discuss some of the desirable and undesirable facets of Traditional African Religion’s salient conceptions of God as they bear on meaning in life. Given an interest in a maximally meaningful life, and supposing meaning would come from fulfiling God’s purpose for us, would it be reasonable to prefer God (...)
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  27. African Personhood, Metaphysical Capacities and Human Dignity.Motsamai Molefe - 2023 - In Motsamai Molefe & Christopher Allsobrook (eds.), Human Dignity in an African Context. Springer Verlag. pp. 65-85.
    This chapter considers the status of metaphysical capacities in the debates on personhood and value theory in African philosophy. Specifically, it considers whether metaphysical capacities are morally neutral, instrumentally good or intrinsically good. The inquiry into the status of metaphysical capacities arises because it is important for the concept of human dignity in African thought. This question emerges because there are scholars that reject capacity-based theories of value and personhood (the minimalist view of personhood) for the performance/merit-based theories of value (...)
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  28. Becoming and Being a Person through Others: African Philosophy’s Ubuntu and Aquinas’ mutual Indwelling in Comparative Discourse.Callum David Scott - 2023 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 79 (1-2):749-778.
    African Philosophy and St Thomas Aquinas have both been taught in African universities, but the engagement between the continent’s indigenous philosophical tradition and the Catholic intellectual tradition’s preeminent strand, has not been thorough. Presupposing that plural philosophical traditions contribute to the search to better understand, this research embarks upon a comparative analysis of the perspectives of the African ubuntu philosophy and Thomist philosophical conceptualisations of human becoming and being. Through analysis of dimensions of both traditions, it is contended that human (...)
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  29. Undertaking Empirically-Engaged African Philosophy: The Development and Validation of the African Time Inventory.Aïda C. Terblanché-Greeff & Petrus Nel - 2023 - Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7 (1):47-64.
    Cross-cultural conflict is often rooted in variation between values from different cultures, for example, differences in time orientation. Usually, individuals are monochronic or polychronic regarding time orientation. In South Africa, the term African time represents a nuanced polychronic time orientation. As this term is often used pejoratively, it is cardinal to break down stigmatization and create cultural awareness regarding this unique time orientation. In this paper, we argue that people must be cognizant of particular time orientations to facilitate intercultural dialogue (...)
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  30. Are Igbo (African) thoughts on death Heideggerian? Some critical insights.Donald Mark C. Ude - 2023 - South African Journal of Philosophy 42 (1):1-12.
    This article primarily sets out to investigate whether Igbo (African) thoughts on death might be considered Heideggerian or not. It does so by analysing and juxtaposing five key elements of Heidegger’s existentialist analysis of Dasein’s death with some important features of Igbo (African) thoughts on death. This is aimed at challenging an identifiable attempt by scholars like Chukwuelobe and Onwuanibe to couch the Igbo metaphysics of death in Heideggerian terms. Therefore, the main argument of the article is that the important (...)
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  31. Review of [African metaphysics, epistemology, and a new logic: A decolonial approach to philosophy], by Jonathan O. Chimakonam and L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya. [REVIEW]Tosin Adeate - 2022 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 11 (3):127-132.
  32. Kwame Gyekye as a Pan-Psychist.Adá Agadá - 2022 - Philosophia Africana 21 (1):28-44.
    Kwame Gyekye has been called a dualist to the extent that he accepts the ontological distinction between mind and matter, with both phenomena interacting with each other. I argue in this article that Gyekye’s presentation of the sunsum as a universal animating principle that is itself nonmaterial and irreducible to a material base warrants a second look at his philosophy of mind to determine whether he can be considered a pan-psychist and whether a pan-psychist reading can resolve the Gyekyean problem (...)
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  33. African Worldviews, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development.Workineh Kelbessa - 2022 - Environmental Values 31 (5):575-598.
    This paper explores the role of African worldviews in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. African worldviews recognise the interdependence and interconnectedness of human beings, animals, plants and the natural world. Although it is not always the case that what one does depends on what one thinks and believes, indigenous African people's ideas and beliefs about the human-nature relationship have influenced what they have done in and to nature. In African worldviews, the present generation has moral obligations to the ancestors and (...)
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  34. African Metaphysics, Epistemology and a New Logic: A Decolonial Approach to Philosophy, by Jonathan O. Chimakonam and L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya.Isaiah A. Negedu - 2022 - Philosophia Africana 21 (2):134-140.
  35. The Existential Implications of Evil Suppressing Measures in Yorùbá Philosophy.Abidemi Israel Ogunyomi - 2022 - Caribbean Journal of Philosophy 14 (1):102-122.
    Evil is an unpleasant reality which every cultural civilization grapples with. It is at the centre of the existentialist discourse, due to the fact that, in their view, it causes meaninglessness in human existence. In Yorùbá intellectual tradition, there are prescribed ways by which evil can be suppressed, including sacrifice (ẹbọ), good character (ìwà pẹ ̀lẹ ́) and inner head (Ori). However, these measures have certain fundamental implications when considered critically through the lens of existentialism. This is because, on a (...)
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  36. The Rootedness of African Metaphysics in African Philosophy.Ignatius Nnaemeka Onwuatuegwu & Peter Chukwuebuka Obianika - 2022 - International Journal of Contemporary Research in Multidisciplinary 1 (1).
    For the Africans, the reason for the physical is the spiritual. Consequently, the African ontological notion of the interminglingness, interpermeatibility, intertwiningness and the interpenetratibility of the spiritual (metaphysical) and the physical world seems to becloud the whole range of an African man's world view. It is, therefore, in the explication of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence that the issue of metaphysics emerged. An African is by nature religious and as such does not admit the disjointedness and departmentalization (...)
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  37. Metaphysical Foundation of African Epistemology: A Study of the Afemai-Etsako of Edo State in Southern Nigeria.Emmanuel Asia & Anthony Asekhauno - 2021 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations 15 (36):213-227.
    Truth and knowledge are essentially the dictates of some rationality or metaphysical ordainment. By sense experience man is capable of accounting for his past, contemplate his life and predict his future and all of reality, for traditional Africa, however (as is the case with most native societies), there is another mode of knowing beyond man’s immediate capacity in search of truth and reality. An analysis of this perception indicates that there is some metaphysical tinge to epistemology or knowledge claims—whether in (...)
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  38. African Philosophical Perspectives on the Meaning of Life.Aribiah David Attoe - 2021 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    African Philosophical Perspectives on the Meaning of Life The question of life’s meaning is a perennial one. It can be claimed that all other questions, whether philosophical, scientific, or religious, are attempts to offer some glimpse into the meaning—in this sense, purpose—of human existence. In philosophical circles, the question of life’s meaning has been given … Continue reading African Philosophical Perspectives on the Meaning of Life →.
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  39. African Metaphysics, Epistemology and a New Logic: A Decolonial Approach to Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya - 2021 - Springer Verlag.
    This book focuses on African metaphysics and epistemology, and is an exercise in decoloniality. The authors describe their approach to "decoloniality" as an intellectual repudiation of coloniality, using the method of conversational thinking grounded in Ezumezu logic. Focusing specifically on both African metaphysics and African epistemology, the authors put forward theories formulated to stimulate fresh debates and extend the frontiers of learning in the field. They emphasize that this book is not a project in comparative philosophy, nor is it geared (...)
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  40. The Question of Being in Western and African Analytic Metaphysics: Comparative Metaphysics Using the Analytic Framework.Grivas Muchineripi Kayange - 2021 - Springer Verlag.
    The main aim of this book is to discuss fundamental developments on the question of being in Western and African philosophy using analytic metaphysics as a framework. It starts with the two orthodox responses to the question of being, namely, the subject-verb-object language view and the rheomodic language view. In the first view, being is conceived through the analysis of language structure, where it is represented by subjects, objects, and relations. In the second view, there are different variations; however, the (...)
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  41. Recent Work in African Philosophy: Its Relevance beyond the Continent.Thaddeus Metz - 2021 - Mind 130 (518):639-660.
    In this article I critically discuss some recent English language books in African philosophy. Specifically, I expound and evaluate key claims from books published by sub-Saharan thinkers since 2017 that address epistemology, metaphysics, and value theory and that do so in ways of interest to an audience of at least Anglo-American-Australasian analytic philosophers. My aim is not to establish a definitive conclusion about these claims, but rather to facilitate cross-cultural engagement by highlighting their relevance particularly to many western philosophers and (...)
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  42. Traditional African Religion as a Neglected Form of Monotheism.Thaddeus Metz & Motsamai Molefe - 2021 - The Monist 104 (3):393–409.
    Our aims are to articulate some core philosophical positions characteristic of Traditional African Religion and to argue that they merit consideration as monotheist rivals to standard interpretations of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition. In particular, we address the topics of how God’s nature is conceived, how God’s will is meant to bear on human decision making, where one continues to exist upon the death of one’s body, and how long one is able to exist without a body. For each of these topics, (...)
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  43. Modernity and the Igbo Lifeworld: Theorizing the Modernization Dynamics of the Igbo World from the Habermasian Framework.Donald Mark C. Ude - 2021 - Philosophia Africana 20 (2):129-152.
    This article theorizes the modernization dynamics of the Igbo world, using the Habermasian framework. Drawing on Habermas, it argues that Igbo modernity or, more precisely, the transformations associated with Igbo modernization, may be understood in terms of the “uncoupling” of systems from the Igbo lifeworld. Relatedly, it further argues that the crises and pathologies that attend modernity in Igboland owe largely to the “colonization” of the Igbo lifeworld by systems of modernity consequent upon this uncoupling. The article pays special attention (...)
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  44. Uncovering Needs in African Thought Through Igbo Proverbs on Lack, Care and Duty.Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi - 2021 - In Motsamai Molefe & Christopher Allsobrook (eds.), Towards an African Political Philosophy of Needs. Springer Verlag. pp. 131-149.
    Universally, the idea of needs arises from the limited nature of man. Arising from this limitation, the desires involved in being human are such that man is trapped in a world of needs, which are biological, psychological, social, political, economic and so on. But the understanding that defines and directs these needs depends on the context and culture where the human being functions. This chapter sets out to articulate the key issues that define the idea of needs in African thought. (...)
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  45. Grounding the Consolationist Concept of Mood in the African Vital Force Theory.Ada Agada - 2020 - Philosophia Africana 19 (2):101-121.
    ABSTRACT The concept of vital force in African philosophy received its first full articulation in Placide Tempels’s Bantu Philosophy and has evolved over time from the ontological dimension of a universal actuation and energizing principle to an element of mind, notably in the work of Kwame Gyekye. In this essay, I present the concept of vital force and trace its evolution from the time of its first full articulation by Tempels up to its identification with spirit, or mind, in Gyekye’s (...)
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  46. Review of "Paulin Hountondji: African Philosophy as Critical Universalism" by Franziska Dübgen and Stefan Skupien. [REVIEW]Zeyad El Nabolsy - 2020 - Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2020:1-7.
    Franziska Dübgen and Stefan Skupien have written a much needed overview of Paulin Hountondji’s work. While Hountondji is quite well known for his critique of ethnophilosophy, his later intellectual work on scientific dependency and his political writings are not as well known to non-specialist Anglophone readers. This partially stems from the fact that while his later work on scientific dependency has been translated into English, it has been published in the form of short articles or through transcribed interviews, which makes (...)
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  47. African higher education in the 21st century: epistemological, ontological and ethical perspectives.Ephraim Taurai Gwaravanda & Amasa P. Ndofirepi (eds.) - 2020 - Boston: Brill | Sense.
    How can African philosophy of education contribute to contemporary debates in the context of complexities, dilemmas and uncertainties in African higher education? The capacity for self-reflection, self-evaluation and self-criticism enables African philosophy of higher education to examine and re-examine itself in the context of current issues in African higher education. The reflective capacity is in line with the Socratic dictum 'know thy self.' African Higher Education in the 21st Century: Epistemological, Ontological and Ethical Perspectives responds to the demands for reflection (...)
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  48. How Not to Individuate Destiny: a Critique of Segun Ogungbemi’s Conception of Destiny.Olúkáyọ̀dé R. Adéṣuyì - 2019 - Philosophia 47 (5):1391-1404.
    The social nature of human beings and individualistic characterizing destiny of individuals is contradictory and call for philosophical interrogation. Segun Ogungbemi has unrepentantly argued that destiny is individualistic and neither connective nor collective. This paper critiques Segun Ogungbemi’s conception of destiny, instead, argues for connectiveness and collectiveness of destiny. It argues that destiny, as an individualistic phenomenon, challenges and raises the Yorùbá notion of corporate communal existence. The paper concludes that individuating destiny is not only a non-plausible conception; it is (...)
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  49. Ontologically Legitimated Ableist Language against Disabled Persons in African Traditions.Elvis Imafidon - 2019 - Caribbean Journal of Philosophy 11 (1).
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  50. 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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