Bloomington: Indiana University Press (1983)

In this seminal exploration of the nature and future of African philosophy, Paulin J. Hountondji attacks a myth popularized by ethnophilosophers such as Placide Temples and Alexis Kagame that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy, separate and distinct from the Western philosophical tradition. Hountondji contends that ideological manifestations of this view that stress the uniqueness of the African experience are protonationalist reactions against colonialism conducted, paradoxically, in the terms of colonialist discourse.
Keywords Philosophy, African
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Call number B5305.H6813 1983
ISBN(s) 0253302706   0253210968   978-0-253-33229-5 978-0-253-21096-8   025333229X
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