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  1.  1
    The Philosophy of Affirmative Action as a Constraint to Gender Equality: An Introduction to Ukém Philosophy.Aribiah David Attoe - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):38-52.
    In this paper, I attempt to show in clear terms what I believe to be the inconsistencies inherent in adopting affirmative action as a proper philosophy for remedying the gender imbalance in contemporary African societies. I have also gestured towards the fact that apart from the issues involved in adopting affirmative action as a principle, the concept quite ironically further widens the gap it is meant to seal. In the spirit of the conversational tradition of African philosophy, I excavate and (...)
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    Book Review: African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women. [REVIEW]Chukwuemeka I. Awugosi - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):109-117.
    Book Title: African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women Book Authors: Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Louise du Toit Publisher: Routledge, Pages: 251, Year of Publication: 2018.
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    Editorial Introduction: Why We Should Explore the Metaphysical, Epistemological and Logical Dimensions of African Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):1-8.
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    How African is Philosophy in Africa?Paulin J. Hountondji - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):9-18.
    Let me straight from the beginning confess one thing: I am not happy with the phrase “African Philosophy” used to describe a subject-matter, a specific discipline in the university curriculum. Why? Because it seems to particularize a kind of intellectual production taking place in Africa and to deny its universal validity. It apparently means, to use the words by Jonathan Chimakonam himself, “a bordersensitive, culture-bound exclusive system that holds only in Africa and is not universally applicable” This particularization, however, has (...)
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  5. The de-Africanisation of the African National Congress, Afrophobia in South Africa and the Limpopo River Fever.Malesela John Lamola - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):72-93.
    This essay highlights the root causes of the pervasive discomfort with Africanness common among a significant portion of the South African population. It claims that this collective national psyche manifests as a dysfunctional self-identity, and is therefore akin to a psychosocial malaise we propose to name “the Limpopo River Fever”. The root cause of this pathological psycho-political culture, we venture to demonstrate, is the historical process of a systematic self-orientation away from Africa, perceived as “Africa north of the Limpopo River”. (...)
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    African Metaphysics and Religious Ethics.Motsamai Molefe - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):19 - 37.
    Scholars of African moral thought reject the possibility of an African religious ethics by invoking at least three major reasons. The first objection to ‘ethical supernaturalism’ argues that it is part of those aspects of African culture that are ‘anachronistic’ insofar as they are superstitious rather than rational; as such, they should be jettisoned. The second objection points out that ethical supernaturalism is incompatible with the utilitarian approach to religion that typically characterises some African peoples’ orientation to it. The last (...)
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    The Question of African Communalism and the Antithesis of Democracy.Isaiah A. Negedu & Solomon O. Ojomah - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):53-71.
    In this paper, we argue that communalism is not uniquely African. It comes in different forms of social and psychological thinking which can be found in any culture and society whether capitalistic or socialistic where the notion of social belongingness through reasoned reflection transcends the desire for personal gratification. We claim that some values of communalism such as altruism, mutual cooperation, complementarity etc., can be useful in shaping a viable system of democracy for Africa, not because communalism is unique to (...)
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    What Makes African Philosophy African? A Conversation with Aribiah David Attoe on ‘the Foundational Myth of Ethnophilosophy’.L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):94-108.
    One of the most debated issues in African philosophy concerns the question of ethnophilosophy. While most Particularists equate it to African philosophy, the Universalists reject it as philosophy let alone being African philosophy. The rationale behind the second position is that ethnophilosophy is said to be descriptive and lacks argumentation, criticality, rigor and systematicity, which are the hallmarks of philosophy. What these two views revolve around is the question of the place of ethnophilosophy in African philosophy. Here, I focus on (...)
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    Withdrawn: Book Review: Exploring the Question of Reincarnation in African Philosophy Within an Intracultural and Intercultural Context. [REVIEW]Ada Agada - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):168-173.
    There was a mix-up during the publication process. The Book Review file that was supposed to be part of this Vol 7 No 2 was mistakenly switched for the one that was published in Vol 7 No 1. We are withdrawing this Book Review piece because it has already been published in Vol 7 No 1. Book Title: Reincarnation: A Question in the African Philosophy of Mind Book Author: Hasskei M. Majeed UNISA Press. Pages: 275. Year of Publication: 2017.
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    Language, Thought, and Interpersonal Communication: A Cross-Cultural Conversation on the Question of Individuality and Community.Ada Agada & Uti Ojah Egbai - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):141-162.
    The ongoing debate among African philosophers on the relation of the individual and the community has spawned radical, moderate, and limited communitarian views. In this paper we will insert the question of interpersonal communication into the individual-community conundrum and raise the discourse to the level of cross-cultural engagement. We will highlight the dominant perspectives in Afro-communitarianism with particular emphasis on the Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Gyekye and the Nigerian philosopher Ifeanyi Menkiti. Expanding the discourse into the domain of intercultural/comparative philosophy, this (...)
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    The Menkiti-Gyekye Conversation: Framing Persons.Peter Amato - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):34-47.
    Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “Person and Community in African Traditional Thought” is criticized from the standpoint that the author assumes a dichotomous framework taken over in his decision to articulate the African view of the person in the idiom of modern philosophy. Kwame Gyekye’s critique of Menkiti in “Person and Community in Akan Thought” is also scrutinized to see if it manages to break free from this framework. I conclude by calling for a departure from quasi-scientific approaches to human nature and experience (...)
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    The African Struggle to Abandon Westernity: African Philosophy at Eshuean Crossroads.Molefi Kete Asante - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):19-34.
    This essay deals with the ideas of Ifeanyi Menkiti and Kwame Gyekye on the individual-community relationship. I begin with a provocative statement: most African intellectuals struggle with abandoning Westernity and consequently remain at the Eshuean crossroads seeking to please both sides of the abyss. It is my argument that both Menkiti and Gyekye understood that teasing out our philosophical problems might lead us to an intellectual clarity about the concepts of community and individual in African cultures. I am making no (...)
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    Can Individual Autonomy and Rights Be Defended in Afro-Communitarianism?Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):122-141.
    I argue that individual autonomy and rights can be defended but only in African or qualified version of communitarianism. I posit that there are two possible versions of communitarianism: the qualified or the African and the unqualified or the version discussed mostly by Western scholars. I show that Ifeanyi Menkiti, Kwame Gyekye, Michael Eze and Bernard Matolino have formulated communitarian theories of right in African philosophy. I explain that while Menkiti and Gyekye erroneously employed the unqualified version in their proposals, (...)
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    Moral Force and the “It-It” in Menkiti’s Normative Conception of Personhood.Edwin Etieyibo - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):47-60.
    What is the status and nature of the “it” and the ontological progression from an “it” to an “it” in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s normative conception of a person? In this article, I attempt to preliminarily give some nuance content to the “it” of childhood and the “it” of the nameless dead. My motivation is straightforwardly simple: to defend Menkiti’s claim that both “its” have some depersonalised moral standing or existence. However, in doing so, I argue that a better account of the (...)
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    Menkiti, Gyekye and Beyond: Towards a Decolonization of African Political Philosophy.Michael Onyebuchi Eze - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):1-18.
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    African Communalism, Persons, and the Case of Non-Human Animals.Kai Horsthemke - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):60-79.
    “I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am”, generally regarded as the guiding principle of African humanism, expresses the view that a person is a person through other persons and is closely associated but not identical with African communitarianism, or communalism. Against Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “unrestricted or radical or excessive communitarianism” Kwame Gyekye has proposed a “restricted or moderate communitarianism”. Whereas personhood, for Menkiti, is acquired over time, with increasing moral maturation, seniority and agency, Gyekye considers it (...)
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    Radical Versus Moderate Communitarianism: Gyekye’s and Matolino’s Misinterpretations of Menkiti.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):79-100.
    This essay provides an exposition and a plausible interpretation of Ifeanyi Menkiti’s conception of personhood vis-a-vis this community. I do this, partly, to rebut some specific criticisms by Kwame Gyekye and Bernard Matolino. They construe Menkiti’s account, primarily, as a metaphysical thesis about the community that provides the essential ontological basis for the nature of personhood. They argue that this view of communitarianism is radical or extreme because the community diminishes individuality and prioritizes community’s interests over individuals’ interests, freedom, and (...)
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    The Politics of Limited Communitarianism.Bernard Matolino - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):101-122.
    The debate on the communitarian notion of personhood as initiated by Gyekye, in response to Menkiti, is both exhaustive and exhausted. Its exhaustiveness and exhaustion lies in the fact that, in all probability whatever can be said around it has been said, with truly nothing new likely ever being added. What is possibly left, is the potential for further additions to be more strident in their picking of sides or repeating that Gyekye and Menkiti are not sufficiently different or insisting (...)
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    Person and Community—a Retrospective Statement.Ifeanyi Menkiti - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):162-167.
    Over the past four decades, I have been asked many questions regarding the substance and methodology of my essay “Person and Community in African Thought”. I cannot in the space of these pages retrieve or reframe the content and implications of these several questions and it would be fool-hardy to attempt an answer to all of them here. But that is no reason not to try to say a few things, by way of additional commentary, on the occasion of this (...)
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    Why African Philosophers Should Build Systems: An Exercise in Conversational Thinking.Ojah Uti Egbai - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):34-52.
    At the height of the Great Debate about the existence or otherwise of African philosophy, Kwasi Wiredu bemoaned the dearth of originality in the practice of African philosophy. For him, African philosophers should now go beyond talking about African philosophy and get down to actually doing it. But what does it mean to do African philosophy? And what is the importance of actually doing African philosophy? In this paper, I will argue that doing African philosophy should involve, among other things, (...)
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    Thought Predicament and Unwillingness to Act: Twin Minions of Underdevelopment in Africa.Christian C. Emedolu - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):125-140.
    Varied theories and models of development have been advanced by many scholars to explain the failure of developmental theories and policies in Africa. This paper critically reviews the existing literature on the bane of development in Africa, arriving at what it considers as the most fundamental twin minions of underdevelopment in the continent. The two implicated interrelated issues are thought predicament and unwillingness to act. Whereas thought predicament affects the intellectual faculty, unwillingness to act is the defect of the volitional (...)
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    Editorial: Mapping Recent Issues in African Philosophy.Ademola K. Fayemi - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1).
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    Personhood in a Transhumanist Context: An African Perspective.Ademola Kazeem Fayemi - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):53-78.
    Personhood is an extensively discussed theme in contemporary African philosophy, which has taken metaphysical, epistemological and normative dimensions. In Western philosophical traditions, discourse on personhood is transmuting to debates on transhumanism. Missing in the African philosophical literature is consideration of transhumanism and an explication of the relationship between personhood and transhumanism. In this article, I critically examine the relationship between personhood and transhumanism in an African context. Drawing on Barry Hallen’s African metaphysical account of personhood and Thaddeus Metz’s Afro-communal normative (...)
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  24. African Philosophical Foundation of a Pneumatological Controversy Inside the Church of Central African Presbyterian in Malawi.Grivas Muchineripi Kayange - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):79-100.
    I investigate the African philosophical foundations of a pneumatological controversy inside the Church of Central African Presbyterian in Malawi. While apparently the conflict consists in difficulties in embracing both the New Pentecostal Theology and the Reformed Calvinist Theology within CCAP, it is rooted in the philosophical conflict between communitarianism and individualism. CCAP fully embraced the African communitarian philosophy mixed with Christian communism as its essence, while adherents of NPT followed individualism. Consequently, this affected the interpretation of the fundamental doctrines such (...)
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    Book Review : Exploring the Question of Reincarnation in African Philosophy Within Intracultural and Intercultural Contexts. [REVIEW]Hasskei M. Majeed - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):141-148.
    Submission: February 21, 2018 Acceptance: May 23, 2018 Author : Dr Hasskei M. Majeed Title: Reincarnation: A Question in the African Philosophy of Mind Publisher: UNISA Press Pages: 275 Year of Publication : 2017 Reviewer: Ada AGADA, Ph.D. Email : adaagada@gmail.com.
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    Francophone African Philosophy: History, Trends and Influences.Pius M. Mosima - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):1-33.
    In this paper, I engage in a critical discussion of Francophone African philosophy focusing on its history, the influences, and emerging trends. Beginning the historical account from the 1920s, I examine the colonial discourses on racialism, and the various reactions generated leading to the Négritude movement in Francophone African intellectual history. I explore the wider implications of the debate on Négritude as an integral component of ethnophilosophy in postcolonial Francophone African philosophy. Finally, I argue that in spite of the apparent (...)
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    African Studies Through Language-Based Techniques.Ndubuisi Osuagwu - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):101-124.
    In this article, we argue that language-based techniques have the capacity to generate original ideas and thus account for progress in any discipline. We claim that language-based techniques used by some African scholars such as hermeneutics and related ones such as transliteration are creatively inadequate to inspire progress because they do not lead to the creation of new concepts and original ideas in African thought. We claim also that the technique of intellectual decolonisation with its foremost expression in Kwasi Wiredu’s (...)
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