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African Philosophy: Myth and Reality

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  1. The Northern Theory of Globalization.Raewyn Connell - 2007 - Sociological Theory 25 (4):368-385.
    Recent sociological theories of globalization represent a second encounter between sociology and global issues. Their underlying concept of "global society" was constructed from an idea of abstract linkage, given content by existing theories about metropolitan society emphasizing modernity, postmodernity, or system dynamics. Antinomies within the globalization theory, such as the global/local opposition and chaotic argument about power, arise from the metropole-centered logic itself, not from conflicts of evidence. The rhetoric and performativity of globalization theory construct a relation with metropolitan audiences, (...)
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  • The African Philosophy Reader: A Text with Readings.P. H. Coetzee & A. P. J. Roux (eds.) - 1998 - London: Routledge.
    Divided into eight sections, each with introductory essays, the selections offer rich and detailed insights into a diverse multinational philosophical landscape. Revealed in this pathbreaking work is the way in which traditional philosophical issues related to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, for instance, take on specific forms in Africa's postcolonial struggles. Much of its moral, political, and social philosophy is concerned with the turbulent processes of embracing modern identities while protecting ancient cultures.
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  • Stigmatized Bodies Near Lake Victoria: A Cultural Analysis of Institutions.Koen Stroeken - 2020 - Foundations of Science 27 (2):741-751.
    In recent intervention campaigns sensitizing about harmful practices in eastern Africa, the beliefs and institutions of rural populations are marked out: culture is the culprit. This article concentrates on the most targeted region, Sukuma-speaking communities in Tanzania, to verify the stigmatizing impact of institutions: whether bridewealth treats women as commodities, whether children with nsebu disorder are stigmatized, and why children living with albinism are stigmatized. Complementing the situational analysis of power relations, cultural analysis approaches institutions as established practices in a (...)
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  • African Sage Philosophy.Dismas Masolo - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • African Philosophy: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives.Kanu Ikechukwu Anthony - 2021 - Maryland City, MD, USA: Association for the Promotion of African Studis (APAS).
  • Bioethics: An African Perspective.Godfrey B. Tangwa - 1996 - Bioethics 10 (3):183–200.
    In this paper I have attempted to open a window on an African approach to Bioethics — that of the Nso' of the Bamenda Highlands of Kamerun — from the vantage position of someone who has familiarity with both African and Western cultures. Because of its scientific-cum-technological sophistication and its proselytising character, Western culture, as well as Western systems of thought and practice, have greatly affected and influenced other cultures, particularly African culture. But Western culture, systems of thought and practice, (...)
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  • African Philosophy and the Decolonisation of Education in Africa: Some Critical Reflections.Philip Higgs - 2012 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (s2):37-55.
    The liberation of Africa and its peoples from centuries of racially discriminatory colonial rule and domination has far-reaching implications for educational thought and practice. The transformation of educational discourse in Africa requires a philosophical framework that respects diversity, acknowledges lived experience and challenges the hegemony of Western forms of universal knowledge. In this article I reflect critically on whether African philosophy, as a system of African knowledge(s), can provide a useful philosophical framework for the construction of empowering knowledge that will (...)
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  • Pathways to Alternative Epistemologies in Africa, Edited by Adeshina Afolayan, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, and Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba.Olúfémi O. Táíwò - forthcoming - Mind.
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  • Appropriate Vehicles for Verbal Expression': Egypt as Seen From the Saharan-Nubian Area and Vice Versa.Alain Anselin - 2019 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 26 (1-2):301-346.
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  • African Philosophy the Great Debate on Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Cognition of African Philosophy.Maduabuchi Dukor - 2005 - Philosophia 33 (1-4):5-53.
  • Autonomy Education Beyond Borders.Danielle Zwarthoed - 2020 - Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric 12 (1):100-120.
    This article examines whether autonomy as an educational aim should be defended at the global scale. It begins by identifying the normative issues at stake in global autonomy education by distinguishing them from the problems of autonomy education in multicultural nation-states. The article then explains why a planet-wide expansion of the ideal of autonomy is conceivable on the condition that the concept of autonomy is widened in a way that renders its precise meaning flexibly adjustable to a variety of distinct (...)
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  • Şükran Sevimli.Sukran Sevimli - 2019 - In Darry Macer (ed.), LEGACIES OF LOVE, PEACE AND HOPE: How Education can overcome Hatred & Divide. Christchurch, N.Z.: Eubios Ethics Instute. pp. 264-278.
    The objective of this article is to shed light on some challenging questions regarding public health and medical ethics that the Turkish healthcare system has recently been forced to confront. In recent years, terrorists in eastern Turkey have launched increasingly destructive attacks, including numerous attempts to undermine the social order by targeting not only government agencies but also the healthcare system. In this study, 54 terrorist incidents specifically targeting the Turkish healthcare system and healthcare professionals were analyzed and divided into (...)
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  • S.N. Eisenstadt and African Modernities: Dialogue, Extension, Retrieval.Jack Palmer - 2020 - European Journal of Social Theory 23 (2):219-237.
    This article elucidates some connections and divergences between S.N. Eisenstadt’s work on multiple modernities and critical reflections on ‘African modernity’ presented by Africanist scholars. It argues that there is more cross-over between these discussions than is commonly thought when both are seen as parallel responses to the shortcomings of post-war modernization theory. Eisenstadt’s work can inform debates in African Studies concerning the effective power of tradition in postcolonial African societies, and on African interpretations of the ‘cultural programme’ of modernity. The (...)
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  • Reason and Culture: Debating the Foundations of Morals in a Pluralist World.Dismas A. Masolo - 2004 - Diogenes 51 (2):19-31.
    Masolo takes as his starting point a dinnertime discussion between two teenagers on the role of tradition, a discussion that led into a debate on the merits of the idea of autonomous reason. The author was struck by their cosmopolitan multiculturalism and by the transient nature of the communities from which people source their points of view, allowing them to question the rationality of opposing views. This article expands such theoretical concerns and applies them to an assessment of Kant’s culture-free (...)
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  • African Philosophy and the Sociological Thesis.Carole Pearce - 1992 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 22 (4):440-460.
    "African philosophy," when conceived of as ethnophilosophy, is based on the idea that all thought is social, culture-bound, or based in natural language. But ethnophilosophy, whatever its sociological status, makes no contribution to philosophy, which is necessarily invulnerable to the sociological thesis. The sociological thesis must be limited in application to its own proper domain. The conflation of sociological and philosophical discourse arises from the fallacy of misplaced concreteness. This fallacy is responsible, among other things, for the sociological misinterpretation of (...)
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  • Textures of African Thought: Analyticity and Apologia.Sanya Osha - 2012 - Diogenes 59 (3-4):149-167.
  • Critical Comments on Pearce, African Philosophy, and the Sociological Thesis.John A. I. Bewaji - 1995 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 25 (1):99-119.
    Pearce's "African Philosophy and the Sociological Thesis" makes very interesting reading. Why it is interesting is not because it advances the frontiers of philosophical discourse in Africa or globally but because it shows that certain unwarranted dispositions die hard and that deliberate ignorance, if that is what is displayed, is hard to cure. In this article the author comments on the following contentions made by Pearce: (1) philosophy has no social relevance and/or responsibility; (2) philosophy is purely a linguistic activity (...)
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  • About Face: A Reply to Suárez and Fuller.Maffie James - 1999 - History of the Human Sciences 12 (4):57-59.
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  • The Promise of Caribbean Philosophy: How It Can Cpntribute to a "New Dialogic" in Philosophy.Jennifer Lisa Vest - 2005 - Caribbean Studies 33 (2):3-34.
    The Caribbean is a site where multiple cultures, peoples, waysof thinking and acting have come together and where new formsof philosophy are emerging. The promise of Caribbean philoso-phy lays in its ability to give shape to an intellectual tradition which is both true to and beneficial to Caribbean peoples whilesimultaneously being provocative enough to engage wisdom-seekers of various geographies and identities. I argue that onlyby pursuing a “New Dialogic” which engages the philosophicaltraditions of Africans, African Americans, and Native Ameri-cans can (...)
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  • Foreword: In Memory: The Significance of Claude Sumner SJ’s Contribution to Africa Philosophy.Gail Presbey & George F. McLean - 2013 - In Bekele Gutema & Charles Verharen (eds.), African Philosophy in Ethiopia Ethiopian Philosophical Studies II with A Memorial of Claude Sumner. Washington, DC, USA:
    This article highlights the long accomplishments of Claude Sumner, S.J. in the field of African philosophy. During his lifetime he published over 33 books and 184 articles. He lived and worked in Ethiopia for 44 years. He translated into English and analysed several key historical works in Ethiopian philosophy, written originally in Ge’ez. He argued that modern rationalist philosophy began in Africa with Zera Yacob at the same time that it began in France with Descartes. He then set to work (...)
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  • What is Estonian Philosophy?Margit Sutrop - 2015 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 8 (2):4-64.
    What is Estonian Philosophy? What is Estonian Philosophy?
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  • Comparative Aspects of Africana Philosophy and the Continental-Analytic Divide.Tommy L. Lott - 2011 - Comparative Philosophy 2 (1):25-37.
    Critical engagement involving philosophers trained in continental and analytic traditions often takes its purpose to be a reconciliation of tensions arising from differences in style, or method. Critical engagement in Africana philosophy, however, is rarely focused on method, style, or orientation because philosophic research in this field, regardless of orientation, has had to accommodate its empirical grounding in disciplines outside of philosophy. I focus primarily on the comparative dimensions of three important strands of this research: (1) a history of ideas, (...)
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  • Reason and Rationality in Eze's on Reason.Bruce B. Janz - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):296-309.
    The title of Emmanuel Eze’s final, posthumously published book uses the words “reason” and “rationality” in a manner that might suggest they are interchangeable. I would like to suggest that we not treat them as the same, but rather tease out a difference in emphasis and reference between the two. In African philosophy, the problem of reason is really two separate problems, the first of which I will call the “problem of reason” (that is, the question of whether there are (...)
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  • African Philosophy.B. Janz - 2008 - In C. Boundas (ed.), Companion to 20th Century Philosophy. Edinburgh University Press.
    (C. Boundas, ed., Companion to 20th Century Philosophy, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2007).
     
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  • A Comparison of the Views of Augustine Shutte and Thaddeus Metz on African Philosophy and Ubuntu Ethics.Patrick Ehlers - 2017 - Dissertation, University of the Western Cape
    Abstract A COMPARISON OF THE VIEWS OF AUGUSTINE SHUTTE AND THADDEUS METZ ON AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND UBUNTU ETHICS In the theoretical study of Ethics much emphasis has traditionally been placed on established ethical theories, via approaches typified e.g. as deontological, divine command, utilitarian, virtue ethics and natural ethics. At UWC all these approaches, very much entrenched in the Western academic canon, have been taught, together with ethical views carried by the world religions. Over the last few years, however, an interest (...)
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  • Appraisal of African Identity for Sustainable Development.Michael Chugozie Anyaehie - 2013 - Open Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):150.
    Africa is the poorest continent in the world despite her huge human and material resources. She is at the periphery of global development. Some people attribute the African predicament to her experience of slavery and colonialism which distorted her identity and disoriented her values. But she is not the only continent that was colonised. Other colonised continents are already finding their bearing in global development. What is that unique factor about African identity that hinders her from having her own stake (...)
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  • Culture as Philosophy of the First Order Activity.Celestine Chukwuemeka Mbaegbu - 2014 - Open Journal of Philosophy 4 (4):492-501.
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  • Assembling an African Information Ethics.Bernd Frohmann - 2007 - International Review of Information Ethics 7:1-11.
    The Tshwane Conference on African Information Ethics of 5-7 February 2007 forces the question, What is an African information ethics? This question is addressed with reference to the complexities of a distinctly African information ethics, taking into account the distinction between ethics and morality, and the assumptions of the language of the Tshwane Declaration on Information Ethics in Africa. Gilles Deleuze‘s concept of assem-blage, analyzed from the perspectives of Bruno Latour‘s concept of ―reassembling the social‖ and recent anthropological approaches to (...)
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  • Africa, Poverty and Forces of Change: A Holistic Approach to Perceiving and Addressing Poverty in Africa.Eegunlusi Tayo Raymond Ezekiel - 2016 - Open Journal of Philosophy 6 (4):368-391.
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  • Whole Set of Volume 2 No 1 (2011) of Comparative Philosophy.Bo Mou - unknown
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  • Overcoming Alienation in Africanising Theological Education.Marilyn Naidoo - 2016 - HTS Theological Studies 72 (1):01-08.
    Africanisation refers to a renewed focus on Africa, a reclaiming of what has been taken from Africa, and forms part of a post-colonialist and an anti-racist discourse. Africanising the curriculum involves developing scholarship and research established in African intellectual traditions. The idea is that this education will produce people who are not alienated from their communities and are sensitive to the challenges facing Africa. However, the idea of Africanisation is highly contested and may evoke a false or at least a (...)
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  • The Joy of Sharing Knowledge: But What If There is No Knowledge to Share? A Critical Reflection on Human Capacity Building in Africa.Johannes J. Britz - 2007 - International Review of Information Ethics 7:18-28.
    This article focuses on the current trends and initiatives in human capacity building in Africa. It takes as it starting point that human capacity development is essential for Africa to become an information and know-ledge society and therefore an equal partner in the global sharing of knowledge. Four knowledge areas are identified and discussed. These are education, research and development, brain drain and information and documentation drain. The paper concludes that there is a clear understanding in Africa that its future (...)
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  • Philosophical Bases of African Freedom Beyond Black and White.Maduabuchi Dukor - 2014 - Open Journal of Philosophy 4 (4):628-639.
  • Ecojustice Education and Communitarianism: Exploring the Possibility for African Eco-Communitarianism.Frans Kruger, Adré le Roux & Kevin Teise - 2020 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 52 (2):206-216.
    In this article, we explore the concept of African communitarianism and reflect on its potential value for ecojustice education as a localised response to the wider ecological crises that i...
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  • How Scientific is Theology Really? A Matter of Credibility.Jaco Beyers - 2016 - HTS Theological Studies 72 (4):1-9.
    The criteria for what is considered as science have been debated for a very long time. This article assumes the scientific nature of Theology as a given. This article discusses in three concentric circles the scientific nature of Theology and the type of contribution Theology can make. The first circle addresses the nature of science. This broader look at what is considered to be science sets the context for the ensuing discussion. Secondly, Theology as science is investigated. The criteria which (...)
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  • Problematising Western Philosophy as One Part of Africanising the Curriculum.Lucy Allais - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):537-545.
    This paper argues that one part of the picture of thinking about decolonising the philosophy curriculum should include problematising the notion of Western philosophy. I argue that there are many problems with the idea of Western philosophy, and with the idea that decolonising the curriculum should involve rejecting so-called Western philosophy. Doing this could include granting the West a false narrative about its origins, influences and interactions, perpetuating exclusions within contemporary and recent North American and European philosophy, perpetuating exclusions and (...)
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  • The Problem of Gerontocracy in Africa: The Yorùbá Perspective as Illustrated in the Ifá Corpus.Omotade Adegbindin - 2011 - Human Affairs 21 (4):454-469.
    In the field of African philosophy, there exists the belief among the modernists or professional philosophers that gerontocracy is coterminous with authoritarian traditions in traditional Africa which, supposedly, are responsible for the lack of sustained curiosity to look at issues from different perspectives. Drawing from the Ifá literary corpus as a store-house for Yorùbá philosophy, I argue in this paper that gerontocracy in Africa does not construe the idea that the elderly in Africa are rigid in thoughts or have immutable (...)
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  • Resignifying the Universal: Critical Commentary on the Postcolonial African Identity and Development.Adeshina Afolayan - 2009 - Human Affairs 19 (4).
    The dimension of the debate on the relation between the universal and the particular in African philosophy has been skewed in favor of the universalists who argued that the condition for the possibility of an African conception of philosophy cannot be achieved outside the “universal” idea of the philosophical enterprise. In this sense, the ethnophilosophical project and its attempt to rescue the idea of an African past necessary for the reconstruction of an African postcolonial identity and development become futile. A (...)
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  • Is Critical Regionalist Philosophy Possible?Thorsten Botz-Bornstein - 2010 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (1):11-25.
    In architecture, the concept of Critical Regionalism gained popularity as a synthesis of universal, “modern” elements and individualistic elements derived from local cultures. Critical Regionalist alternatives are more than a postmodern mix of ethno styles but integrate conceptual qualities like local light, perspective, and tectonic quality into a modern architectural framework. In order to “critically” root architectural works in their corresponding traditions, Critical Regionalists base their conceptual stances on those philosophers that have produced a critical consciousness in European culture like (...)
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  • Conceptual Formation in Global Thinking: Desk-Bounds, Globetrotters, and Pathfinders. Editor’s Introduction.Gianfranco Pellegrino - forthcoming - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche.
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  • An African Conception of Human Rights? Comments on the Challenges of Relativism.Oritsegbubemi Anthony Oyowe - 2014 - Human Rights Review 15 (3):329-347.
    The belief that human rights are culturally relative has been reinforced by recent attempts to develop more plausible conceptions of human rights whose philosophical foundations are closely aligned with culture-specific ideas about human nature and/or dignity. This paper contests specifically the position that a conception of human rights is culturally relative by way of contesting the claim that there is an African case in point. That is, it contests the claim that there is a unique theory of rights. It analyses (...)
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