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    Against the Political and Moral Conception of Globalization.Joseph N. Agbo - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):21-40.
    Is globalization a product or a process? This paper is given a foundation by a worry and a fillip by a desire. The worry is the obvious unphilosophical grasp of the phenomenon of globalization that led to it being engaged in political and moral terms. The desire is to release globalization from its conception as a product, packaged and exported by some people or some cultures in order to continue an agenda of domination. The paper argues that globalization is a (...)
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    Making a Case for an Economic Alternative for Our Globalized World: Insights From the Margins.Simon Mary Asese Aihiokhai - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):77-88.
    Economic inequality is a pressing issue that the global community must address in an urgent and detailed manner if global peace is to be sustained. This paper makes the claim that viable alternative solutions to global economic inequality can be found outside the boundaries of western capitalism. This claim is defended via three movements: first, a critique of Christian teachings on the common good is presented as a pathway to this economic alternative. Second, insights from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (...)
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    Irregular Migration and the EU-External Border Policy in Africa: Historical and Philosophical Insights.Olukayode A. Faleye - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):59-76.
    This paper advances a historical and philosophical explanation of the dynamics of irregular migration and the EU-external border policy in Africa. The refugee crisis in Europe has led to tougher security measures, including the EU’s externalization of its boundaries to transit countries with serious implication for human security and regional stability in Africa. In re-assessing the foundation of international migration policies through historical and philosophical lenses, this work brings to the fore the internal contradictions in EU-external border policy in Africa. (...)
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    Traditional Communal Understanding of Crime and the Role of Social Therapy: Ideas From African Philosophy.Erasmus Masitera - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):101-114.
    In this essay, I challenge the contemporary social practice of conceptualizing crime as solely an individual’s fault and one’s responsibility. The individuation of the person is highly impersonal, causes fragmentation, marginalisation of the individual, and the destruction of the traditional practice of considering an individual as an integral part of the society. In contrast to this perspective, I make a case for a communal correctional system that is based on a traditional African social therapeutic system. This is a system that (...)
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    The Critique of Ethnophilosophy in the Mapping and Trajectory of African Philosophy.Pascah Mungwini - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):1-20.
    By ignoring the history of thinking in other traditions around the world, philosophy established itself as a narrow tradition, and in the name of reason, according to Bernasconi, it constituted itself as a narrative shaped largely by exclusions. Similar exclusionary tendencies have also permeated the field of African philosophy. In an effort to legitimise and indeed consolidate their discipline, a generation of academic philosophers in Africa have attempted to establish the boundaries of African philosophy with significant consequences on its meaning (...)
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    Rethinking the Problem of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa: A Conversational Perspective.Diana Ekor Ofana - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):89-100.
    This paper argues for an understanding of the problem of gender-based violence, specifically, the problem of rape that is not only based on sociological and psychological factors but also based on morality. This is premised on the fact that research on the problem of rape in South Africa points to different causes other than morality. I contend that besides social and psychological factors; rape should also be analyzed as a problem of moral failings. Hence, I explain the importance of reawakening (...)
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    Between Fiction and Fact: Further Reflections on Jonathan Chimakonam’s Critique of Kwesi Tsri on Blackness and Race.Emmanuel Ofuasia - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):41-58.
    In his [Africans are not Black: The Case for Conceptual Liberation], Kwesi Tsri relies extensively on myths and non-fictional narratives to dictate the origin of the racial disparagement of Afro-Americans and Africans from south of the Sahara. Owing to the synonymy between ‘black’ and ‘Africa’ as well as the derogatory symbolism in the former that fuels the latter, Tsri submits the need to disassociate Africans from the concept, ‘black.’ Upon a critical conversation with Tsri’s text however, Chimakonam discerns three flaws. (...)
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    Interrogating the Relationship Between Language, Thought Versus Individual and Community: A Conversation with Agada and Egbai.Chukwueloka S. Uduagwu - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (3):115-120.
    In this short essay, I will converse with Ada Agada and Uti Egbai on their article titled “Language, Thought, and Interpersonal Communication: A Cross-Cultural Conversation on the Question of Individuality and Community,” published in [Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Religions and Culture Vol 7, No 2, 141 -161, 2018]. I will articulate the major contributions of the authors and critically engage their ideas in order to open new vistas for thought. I contend that the relationship that exists between language (...)
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    Book Review: African Philosophy and the Otherness of Albinism: White Skin, Black Race. [REVIEW]Ada Agada - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):159-164.
    Book Title: African Philosophy and the Otherness of Albinism: White Skin, Black Race Book Author: Elvis Imafidon Publisher: Routledge. Pages: Pp. xvi + 146. Year of Publication: 2019.
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    The Methodological Significance of Chimakonam’s Ezumezu Logic.Amara Esther Ani - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):85-96.
    In this short piece, I argue that Chimakonam’s Ezumezu logic bears methodological significance for African scholarship as a whole. If method rests on logic, and method accounts for the distinction of one knowledge output from another, then the formulation of a system of logic which can creditably be described as African, even if simply in cultural inspiration, would provide for methodological liberation of African scholarship trapped in western knowledge hegemony since colonial times. First, I discuss in simple terms the theory (...)
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    Between Theory and Praxis: Reply to Thaddeus Metz.Oladele Abiodun Balogun - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):19-26.
    In a Guest Lecture delivered by Professor Thaddeus Metz at a Colloquium organized in honour of my 50th birthday, he critically interrogated various aspects of my African philosophical scholarship with a particular focus on what I consider as the task of an African philosopher in the twenty-first century. Drawing on the existential and social problems in contemporary Africa, I have argued that African philosophy should be tailored towards ameliorating these problems as a way of making life meaningful. Metz’s striking criticism (...)
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  12. Hountondji and Bachelard: Pluralism as a Methodological and Phenomenological Concept in Approaching the Cultural Knowledge of Africa.Gabriel Kafure da Rocha - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):97-110.
    This paper explores convergences and divergences in the thoughts of Gaston Bachelard and Paulin Hountondji and their notions of rational pluralism and true pluralism, respectively. There is a problematic in which for Bachelard rational pluralism can be comprehended as the various epistemological profiles to understand a scientific phenomenon, as well as the coherence that such theories have among themselves, while Huontondji is concerned with criticizing a collective ethnological view of philosophy and considers that the true pluralism is precisely the capacity (...)
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    Ideology and Oladele Balogun’s Perspective on Parenthood and the ‘Educated Person’.Babajide Olugbenga Dasaolu - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):37-48.
    Enormous but undue accentuation has been given to the acquisition of certificates and degrees over competence in Africa. Not only does this expand the gulf between thought and praxis, it also implies the compromised course of knowledge production and reproduction in Africa. As a result of the vegetative and epileptic nature of the development agenda in Africa, there has been as many theories as there are scholars who are seeking theoretical solutions but with almost nothing tangible. Oladele Balogun has shown (...)
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    Are We Finished with the Ethnophilosophy Debate? A Multi-Perspective Conversation.Elvis Imafidon, Bernard Matolino, Lucky Uchenna Ogbonnaya, Ada Agada, Aribiah David Attoe, Fainos Mangena & Edwin Etieyibo - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):111-138.
    In line with the tradition of the Conversational School of Philosophy, this essay provides a rare and unique space of discourse for the authors to converse about the place of the ‘ethno’ in African philosophy. This conversation is a revisit, a renewal of the key positions that have coloured the ethnophilosophy debate by the conversers who themselves are notable contributors to arguments for and against the importance of ethnophilosophy in the unfolding of African philosophy particularly in the last decade or (...)
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    Reincarnation, Resurrection and the Question of Representation.Hasskei Majeed & Mogobe Ramose - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):139-158.
    This article discusses critically the problems and significance of the concepts of reincarnation and the resurrection. It focuses on the contemporary debate on this topic between Robert Almeder and Stephen Hales. The Akan understanding of these concepts is invoked showing the contrast and,even comparison between the African and the Western understanding of the concepts. It is suggested in this article that the arguments for these concepts could still be ameliorated. This point is taken up by Ramose’s focus on the issues (...)
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    Pursuing Knowledge for Its Own Sake Amidst a World of Poverty: Reconsidering Balogun on Philosophy’s Relevance.Thaddeus Metz - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):1-18.
    In this article I critically discuss Professor Oladele Abiodun Balogun’s reflections on the proper final ends of doing philosophy and related sorts of abstract, speculative, or theoretical inquiry. Professor Balogun appears to argue that one should undertake philosophical studies only insofar as they are likely to make a practical difference to people’s lives, particularly by contributing to politico-economic development, or, in other words, that one should eschew seeking knowledge for its own sake. However, there is one line of thought from (...)
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    Book Review: African Philosophy: Reflections on Yoruba Metaphysics and Jurisprudence. [REVIEW]Ebunoluwa Olufemi Oduwole - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):165-172.
    Book Title: African Philosophy: Reflections on Yoruba Metaphysics and Jurisprudence Book Author: Oladele Abiodun Balogun Publisher: Xcel Publishers. Pages: 387. Year of Publication: 2018.
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    Unveiling Ezumezu Logic as a Framework for Process Ontology and Yorùbá Ontology.Emmanuel Ofuasia - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):63-84.
    Ezumezu, a prototype African logic, developed by Jonathan Chimakonam as a framework which mediates thought, theory and method in the African place, is according to him, extendable and applicable in places non-African too. This seems to underscore the universal character of the logic. I interrogate, in this piece, the logic to see if it truly mediates thought, theory and method in Yorùbá ontology on the one hand, and process ontology on the other hand. Through critical analysis, I discern that each (...)
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    Philosophy as Sophia and Phronēsis : Interrogating Oladele Balogun’s Contribution to African Philosophy.Olatunji A. Oyeshile & Omotayo A. Oladebo - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):49-62.
    Philosophy, going by its historical trajectory emerged from a thorough-going quest for understanding the world. This ‘understanding’ is held, on the one hand, as an end in itself and, on the other hand, as a further means to manipulating the ‘other,’ object-world, to the ‘self’ or the subject-inquirer’s, upliftment/development. In this chapter, this dichotomy is revisited. We take a terse look at Balogun’s oeuvre in African philosophy, which essentially exemplifies the preceding dichotomy. Balogun, from our analysis, sought ingenious approaches to (...)
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    How Relevant is African Philosophy in Africa? A Conversation with Oladele Balogun.Chukwueloka S. Uduagwu - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):27-36.
    In this short piece, I re-visit Oladele Balogun’s thesis that African philosophy, in social terms, can be relevant in Africa. I argue that in theorizing only on the social relevance of philosophy in Africa, Balogun fails to do justice to the entire breath of possible practical value which African philosophy can offer to the continent. To show this, I shall converse with Balogun on his idea of social relevance by exposing its strength and weakness. For Balogun, it is in the (...)
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    The Challenge of Stringent, Radical Nationalism to Inclusive Development.Savio Abreu - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):125-140.
    In recent times, in Asia and more specifically in South Asia the discourse on ethnic and religious nationalisms that attempt to redefine the identity of locals in an exclusive and adversarial manner has dominated political and mainstream exchanges. This emphasis on stringent and radical nationalism has serious ramifications for inclusive development. This article critically examines the findings of the Inclusive Development Index 2018 and link it with other reports and surveys like the Oxfam survey 2017 to find out the connections (...)
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    A Preliminary Consequential Evaluation of the Roles of Cultures in Human Rights Debates.Benedict Shing Bun Chan - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):162-181.
    In the debates on the roles of cultures in the ethics of human rights, one of them concerns Confucianism and Ubuntu, two prominent cultures in East Asia and Southern Africa, respectively. Some scholars assert that both cultures have values that are sharply different from the West, and conclude that the West should learn from these cultures. The aim of this paper is to philosophically investigate the roles of cultures in the ethics of human rights. I first introduce the works of (...)
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    Addressing the Problem of Mass Poverty in the Sub-Saharan Africa: Conversational Thinking as a Tool for Inclusive Development.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):141-161.
    I argue that one way in which a problem such as mass poverty in the sub-Saharan Africa can be addressed is through inclusive development, which is a pro poor, pro all, programme. However, it appears that the theoretical framework that can deliver the values of inclusive development has yet to be clearly sorted out. This is because, while bringing together all actors and factors, inclusive development should not subsume individual endowments to collective values. I fault Amartya Sen’s Capabilities approach which (...)
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    Sustainable-Inclusive Development Through Conversational Thinking: The Case for Africa – China Relations.Maduka Enyimba - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):1-20.
    My aim in this paper is to show the necessity and possibility of implementing inclusive development that is sustainable in Africa-China relations using the Conversational technique. I contend that the foremost challenges facing inclusive and sustainable developments are the dearth of constructive and balanced relationships. If a programme of development is constructive, that is, takes into consideration every relevant variable and practicable measure, it would be sustainable; and if it is balanced, that is, being fair to all groups, it would (...)
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    Economic Development in Africa Through the Stokvel System: ‘Our’ Indigenous Way or ‘Theirs’.Mojalefa Lehlohonolo Koenane - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):109-124.
    Underdevelopment increases unemployment, which further worsens poverty levels among people in rural communities and inequality in the country at large. At present, government financial institutions are failing to reach rural communities which they are meant to develop. The inability of such communities to access capital from formal financial institutions drives them to devise alternative means through which they can survive and improve their livelihoods. Stokvels are effective self-help economic development strategies in rural South Africa which do not depend on external (...)
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    Discussing Inclusive Development and Governance in Zimbabwe: Pragmatizing Hunhu/ Ubuntu Philosophy.Fainos Mangena - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):39-54.
    In this paper, I reflect on whether the new Zimbabwe government under the presidency of Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has the capacity to arrest the developmental challenges facing the country in order to bring about inclusive development which will see the needs of the marginalized or excluded groups such as the poor, women, children, the elderly and people living with disabilities being addressed. I argue that two of the biggest problems bedeviling Zimbabwe today are chronic poverty and disease, which are a (...)
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    Inclusive Development: Some Perspectives From African Communitarian Philosophy.Pius M. Mosima - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):69-94.
    In this paper, I argue that traditional African communitarian values such as togetherness, mutual cooperation and solidarity are more consistent with the social structure and the political organization of many traditional societies in Africa and could be a veritable framework for implementing a program of inclusive development. I establish that African communitarian values take into consideration the contributions of all stakeholders, including the poor, vulnerable, and the marginalized in a bid to address development issues. I also provide strong reasons for (...)
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    Editorial Inclusive Development: An Afro-Asian Perspective.Muk-Yan Wong - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):55-68.
    In Hong Kong, which is one of the highest GDP per capita cities in the world, the problem of poverty, particularly the housing of the poor, has been exacerbated as economic development has progressed. The received neocapitalistic view is that such poverty is an inevitable price for the economic growth which will eventually benefit everyone. In this essay, I criticize such view by examining how non-inclusive economic development in the past created barriers to inclusive economic development today. Through a comprehensive (...)
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    Revisiting the Relationship Between Economic Growth and Inclusive Development.Muk-Yan Wong - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):55-68.
    In Hong Kong, which is one of the highest GDP per capita cities in the world, the problem of poverty, particularly the housing of the poor, has been exacerbated as economic development has progressed. The received neocapitalistic view is that such poverty is an inevitable price for the economic growth which will eventually benefit everyone. In this essay, I criticize such view by examining how non-inclusive economic development in the past created barriers to inclusive economic development today. Through a comprehensive (...)
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    Inclusive Development of Naga Tribes in Nagaland: Strategy for Sustainability.Mhadeno Y. Humtsoe & M. Hilaria Soundari - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):95-108.
    Naga Tribal communities residing in rural Nagaland are deprived of access to adequate health care services, livelihood opportunities, road connectivity, sanitation and education. About 71.14 percent of Naga Tribes inhabit rural areas; most of these tribal communities are engaged in agriculture and allied activities for livelihood. The absence of adequate road network suitable for all weather, public transportation system, and high cost of transportation fares hinder the mobility of the tribal communities in the rural areas. The confinement of development to (...)
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    Inclusiveness Matters: The Development of Ethnopolitics in Malaysia.Samuel C. Y. Ku & Yuan-Ming Chiao - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):21-38.
    Malaysian voters made a historical decision in May 2018, ushering in what observers termed a “Malay political tsunami” by displacing the UMNO government’s decades-long rule. This paper argues that the spirit of inclusiveness played a crucial role in the first transition of power in Malaysia. Moreover, the inclusive representation of major ethnic groups in the multi-racial state by the winning Alliance Hope coalition was a key factor leading to the transition. This paper also examines the political development in Malaysia, from (...)
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