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  1. added 2017-01-18
    Hockenbery Jennifer (2005). The He, She, and It of God: Translating Augustine's Latin Gendered God Talk Into English. Augustinian Studies 36 (2):433-444.
    This article analyzes the philosophical reasons behind Augustine's use of gendered pronouns for God in the corpus of his works. As a Roman rhetorician and African preacher and bishop, Augustine's thoughtful use of he, she, and it for God corresponds to ideas about the nature of the divine and the relationship of the divine to the believer. The article argues for a literal translation of Augustine's pronouns in order that his subtle philosophical and theological claims not be lost in translation.
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  2. added 2017-01-17
    Ebo Socrates, The Word in African Ontology.
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    B. N. Gade Christian (2017). A Discourse on African Philosophy: A New Perspective on Ubuntu and Transitional Justice in South Africa. Lexington Books.
    This book explores the influence of ubuntu on South Africa’s post-apartheid transitional justice mechanism, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and—in contrast to ethnophilosophy—takes differences, historical developments, and social contexts seriously.
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    Rose Mary Amenga-Etego (2016). Engaging the Religiocultural Quest in Development: An African Indigenous Perspective. Hts Theological Studies 72 (4):1-7.
    The intertwining nature of African life and livelihood is a considerable challenge to the discourse of development. In as much as the view on unlocking both the spiritual and physical dimensions of life in developmental endeavours is frowned upon, contemporary exploration into indigenous knowledge systems as an alternative discourse of development does not simply transform the dialogue but posits it as a discourse of power. This article examines the interplay between indigenous beliefs and knowledge systems and the discourse of development, (...)
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    Bongmba Elias Kifon (2016). Homosexuality, Ubuntu, and Otherness in the African Church. Journal of Religion and Violence 4 (1):15-37.
    In this essay I argue that the notion of ubuntu offers a way of rethinking the negative discourses on homosexuality in Africa and in the African church. Ubuntu promotes accepting communication within the ecclesial community in Africa. The essay selectively reviews some of the negative discourses from political and religious leaders, and then discusses the possibilities which ubuntu philosophy offers for addressing the divisions over homosexuality.
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    Uduma Oji Uduma (2016). Beyond Irredentism and Jingoism: Reflections on the Nature of Logic and the Quest for African Logic. Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 5 (2):80-128.
    In this article, I attempt once more to revisit the subject of logic in African philosophy or as some would have it, African logic. I discuss the views of those I call jingoists and irredentists and distance myself from them. I argue that there is logic in every human culture and language. I argue also that even the ancient Africans had logic in their languages. My goal is to show that logic as the tool of thought is universal and not (...)
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    Willem Oliver (2016). Mark the Evangelist: His African Memory. Hts Theological Studies 72 (4):1-13.
    Mark is the author of the oldest gospel in the Christian Bible. Not much is known about him or his family except for a few references in the Bible. The general assumption, originating in the West, is that Mark was born and bred in Palestine. One of the main proponents of the Western view is Walter Bauer, a German theologian of the first half of the 20th century. His views rely heavily on the argument from silence, as Africa had - (...)
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    S. Uduagwu Chukwueloka (2016). Understanding the Difference Between African Magic and African Science: A Conversation with Christian Emedolu. Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 5 (2):74-78.
    In the spirit of conversational philosophy endorsed by the Conversational School of Philosophy, I am oblige not to venerate ideas but to interrogate and scrutinize them in search of loopholes to be filled and weak points that needed to be strengthened in order to achieve what Jonathan Chimakonam calls theoretic sophistication and promote Global Expansion of Thought. To promote GET in African philosophy which has to do with embedding theories and principles with cultural contents like the idea of African science (...)
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    Ademola Kazeem Fayemi (2016). Hermeneutics in African Philosophy. Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 5 (2):2-18.
    The aim of this paper is to re-examine the hermeneutic in the ongoing discourse on methodology in African philosophy. The diverse understanding of hermeneutics is not only limited to Western philosophy; in the few decades of its history in African philosophy, hermeneutics has also assumed different meanings. This paper discusses not only the historical evolution and development of hermeneutists in the West, but also the African hermeneutists: Tsenay Serequeberhan, Okonda Okolo, Sophie Oluwole, Raphael Madu, and Bruce Janz. Through a comparative (...)
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    M. J. Oduor Reginald (2014). A Critical Review of Leonhard Praeg’s A Report on Ubuntu. [REVIEW] Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 6 (2):75-90.
    This article opines that in view of its detailed presentation of the contemporary discourse on Ubuntu, its incisive analysis of key concepts in this discourse, as well as its bold and thoroughgoing critique of the assumptions of both the advocates of Ubuntu and the defenders of the hegemonic Western liberal tradition, Leonhard Praeg’s seminal work, A Report on Ubuntu, is an outstanding contribution not only to the Southern African discourse on Ubuntu, but also to the ongoing quest for methodology in (...)
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    Lauer Helen (2013). African and Non-African Time: To Contrast or Not to Contrast? Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 5 (1):1-24.
    This essay offers a critique of the controversial proposal that peculiarities in African thought concerning time have a negative impact upon African economic development. The proposal under scrutiny takes the form of two corollaries whose notoriety dates back to John S. Mbiti’s infamous claim that African cultures lack an indigenous concept of the distant future. It is shown that these joint hypotheses appear to be either self-refuting or false. In consequence, the proposal that a cross-cultural scrutiny of time will reveal (...)
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  12. added 2017-01-17
    Barry Hallen (2010). “Ethnophilosophy” Redefined? Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 2 (1):73-85.
    The meaning of the term “ethnophilosophy” has evolved in both a significant and controversial variety of ways since it was first introduced by Paulin Hountondji in 1970. It was first challenged by the Kenyan philosopher, H. Odera Oruka, as based upon Hountondji’s unfair appreciation of Africa’s indigenous cultural heritage. Barry Hallen and J. Olubi Sodipo, using a form of analytic philosophy as foundational, thereafter argued that Yoruba ordinary language discourse also served to undermine Hountondji’s critique. The later work of the (...)
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    Jennifer Lisa Vest (2009). Perverse and Necessary Dialogues in African Philosophy. Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (2):1-23.
    This article examines the concerns and debates that have arisen in African philosophy over the last few decades, and asks whether it continues to be necessary for African philosophy to take on what the author calls “perverse questions” or “perverse preoccupations” with the West. The author argues that to engage and respond to questions about the intellectual capabilities of African thinkers or the possible existence of philosophical resources in African cultures is to respond to perverse questions. To engage in academic (...)
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    D. A. Masolo (2009). Narrative and Experience of Community as Philosophy of Culture. Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (1):43-68.
    This paper argues that the distinctive feature of African philosophising is a communitarian outlook expressed through various forms of narrative. The paper firstillustrates the close relationship between narrative and community in the African cultural milieu. It then goes on to examine the way in which African academics invarious fields have employed the narrative technique in their works. Next, the paper urges that through migration to European and American institutions of higherlearning, African philosophers have had a significant impact on Western philosophy. (...)
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  15. added 2017-01-17
    Ademola Kazeem Fayemi & O. C. Macaulay-Adeyelure (2009). A Philosophical Examination of the Traditional Yoruba Notion of Education and its Relevance to the Contemporary African Quest for Development. Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (2):41-59.
    This paper undertakes a philosophical investigation of the implications of the traditional Yoruba understanding of education for the contemporary African quest for development. The paper argues that the Yoruba conception of education is marked by the underlying philosophical principles of functionalism, moralism and progressivism. These principles, the paper contends, are of great relevance to the quest of contemporary African societies for education that will serve as a catalyst for development.
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    Pieter J. Fourie (2007). Moral Philosophy as the Foundation of Normative Media Theory: The Case of African Ubuntuism. Communications - the European Journal of Communication Research 32 (1):1-29.
    In the South African debate about the role of the media in the new South African society, the African moral philosophy ubuntuism is from time to time raised as a framework for African normative media theory. Up till now, the possibility of using ubuntuism as a normative framework can, however, not yet be described as a focused effort to develop a comprehensive theory on the basis of which media performance could be measured from ‘an African perspective’. Rather, the topic of (...)
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  17. added 2017-01-17
    Alexinia Young Baldwin (2003). Understanding the Challenge of Creativity Among African Americans. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 22 (3):13-18.
    Creative activities in a classroom can often be mistaken for negligence of academic requirements. This is especially true for many African American students. Recognition of the mental processes used in the expression of creative behaviors should give teachers the opportunity to harness this creative energy to develop academic skills. This article draws upon a historical perspective of creativity and its relationship to this trait in African Americans. Although many of the behaviors listed are common in all ethnic groups those behaviors (...)
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  18. added 2017-01-17
    PAULIN HOUNTONDJI (1996). African Philosophy: Myth and Reality, 2nd Ed.
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    L. Outlaw (1987). African-American Philosophy: Social and Political Case Studies. Social Science Information 26 (1):75-97.
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    Sekyi-Otu Ato (1975). Form and Metaphor in Fanon’s Critique of Racial and Colonial Domination. In Alkis Kontos (ed.), Domination. University of Toronto Press. pp. 133-162.
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    D. G. Morrison, H. M. Stevenson, R. C. Mitchell & J. N. Paden (1974). Information on African Political Systems : The African National Integration Project Data Bank. Social Science Information 13 (6):109-123.
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    William H. Bruening, Racism: A Philosophical Analysis of a Concept.
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    M. A. Tessler (1973). Problems of Measurement in Comparative Research : Perspectives From an African Survey. Social Science Information 12 (4):29-43.
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    T. K. Hopkins & I. Wallerstein (1971). A Proposal for a Data Bank of African Materials. Social Science Information 10 (2):135-147.
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  25. added 2017-01-17
    Booth (1971). African Religions and Philosophy. [REVIEW] International Philosophical Quarterly 11 (2):266-268.
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    R. L. West & J. J. Stremlau (1968). Trends and Priorities in African Economic Research. Social Science Information 7 (5):169-189.
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  27. added 2017-01-11
    Keith Ellis (2015). History and Ethics in Nicolás Guillén’s Writing. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):37-51.
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    Paget Henry (2015). Teodros Kiros and Africana Moral Philosophy. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):147-158.
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    Clement White (2015). Introduction: Claiming / Acclaiming Nicolás Guillén. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):5-10.
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    Ana Cairo Ballester (2015). Nicolás Guillén and the Debates On Mulatto Culture. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):69-89.
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    Delphine Gras (2015). El Son de Los Preteridos y Los Olvidados. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):17-36.
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    Roberts Neil (2015). Teodros Kiros’s Political Philosophy of Love. [REVIEW] Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):161-169.
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    Satty Flaherty-Echeverria (2015). Notes on Nicolás Guillén’s Influence on African Intellectuals Writing in Portuguese. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):107-122.
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  34. added 2017-01-11
    Felix Jean-Louis (2015). Vera M. Kutzinski. The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas. [REVIEW] Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):176-183.
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  35. added 2017-01-11
    Clement White (2015). Nuestro Nicolás Guillén. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):11-15.
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    Victor Fowler Calzada (2015). From ‘Black Problem’ to White Privilege in Nicolás Guillén’s Thought. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):53-68.
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    Paget Henry (2015). The Anti-Coloniality of Power and the Coloniality of Diasporas. [REVIEW] Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):184-190.
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  38. added 2017-01-11
    Vélez Juan José (2015). Rearticulación de la Música Afroantillana En la Obra Poética de Luis Palés Matos y Nicolás Guillén. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):123-143.
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    Beau D. J. Gaitors (2015). Jerome C. Branche. The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora: Transatlantic Musings. [REVIEW] Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):170-175.
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  40. added 2017-01-11
    Grant D. Moss (2015). Defining Nicolás Guillén’s Ideal Racial Democracy. Clr James Journal 21 (1-2):91-105.
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  41. added 2016-12-10
    Starks Michael (2016). Suicide by Democracy-an Obituary for America and the World. In Michael Starks (ed.), Philosophy, Human Nature and the Collapse of Civilization Michael Starks (2016). pp. 629-656.
    America and the world are in the process of collapse from excessive population growth, most of it for the last century and now all of it due to 3rd world people. Consumption of resources and the addition of 4 billion more ca. 2100 will collapse industrial civilization and bring about starvation, disease, violence and war on a staggering scale. Billions will die and nuclear war is all but certain. In America this is being hugely accelerated by massive immigration and immigrant (...)
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  42. added 2016-12-03
    Thaddeus Metz (2016). UBUNTU COMO UMA TEORIA MORAL E OS DIREITOS HUMANOS NA ÁFRICA DO SUL. Revista Culturas Jurídicas 3 (5):1-33.
    Portuguese translation by Jean-Bosco Kakozi of 'Ubuntu as a Moral Theory and Human Rights in South Africa' (African Human Rights Law Journal 2011).
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  43. added 2016-11-18
    Thaddeus Metz (forthcoming). A Theory of National Reconciliation: Some Insights From Africa. In Aleksandar Fatic & Klaus Bachmann (eds.), Transition without Justice (tentative title). TBA.
    Reprint of a chapter that initially appeared in _Theorizing Transitional Justice_ (2015).
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  44. added 2016-11-08
    Ebo Socrates (2014). The Word in African Ontology. Nnamdi Azikiwe Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):1-9.
    THE WORD IN AFRICAN ONTOLOGY Socrates Ebo, PhD ABSTRACT The word in African ontology is more than mere expression of sounds. It is a being which is intra-mental and extra-mental. It is a creation of human mind and the human lips. But it is also an independent entity with enormous causal powers in the African universe of forces. It is an art as well as a means of communication. It is the embodiment of the history of the African community. Embedded (...)
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