A Critique of Wiredu’s Project of Conceptual Decolonization of African Philosophy

Philosophia Africana 22 (1):61-80 (2023)
  Copy   BIBTEX


To liberate African philosophy from the remnants of the colonial style of thought, Kwesi Wiredu promotes the idea of the conceptual decolonization of African philosophy. He argues that, to accomplish this project, African philosophers must theorize in African vernaculars. This article attempts to show that the project of the conceptual decolonization of African philosophy by recourse to theorizing in African vernaculars is challenging. It examines a particular strategy that Wiredu deploys in “Conceptual Decolonization as an Imperative in Contemporary African Philosophy,” in which he hopes to demonstrate that the Akan conception of mind is superior to the Cartesian conception of mind. It demonstrates that Wiredu’s attempt to show the superiority of the Akan conception of mind is unsuccessful and that his project of conceptual decolonization fails. Nevertheless, it concludes that Wiredu’s conceptual decolonization project still shows promise even in light of our criticisms.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,593

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Wiredu, Kwasi.Sanya Osha - 2014 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Kwasi Wiredu and the Problems of Conceptual Decolonization.Sanya Osha - 1999 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 13 (1-2):157-164.
Kwasi Wiredu.Sanya Osha - 2023 - Journal of World Philosophies 8 (1).
A defence of Wiredu’s project of conceptual decolonisation.Mary Carman - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (2):235-248.
Whither Epistemic Decolonization.Bernard Matolino - 2020 - Philosophical Papers 49 (2):213-231.
Rethinking the Decolonization Trope in Philosophy.Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò - 2019 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 57 (S1):135-159.


Added to PP

36 (#440,710)

6 months
28 (#132,943)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Husein Inusah
University of Cape Coast

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Ontological relativity.W. V. O. Quine - 1968 - Journal of Philosophy 65 (7):185-212.
Relativism.Maria Baghramian & J. Adam Carter - 2015 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:1-60.
Horse Sense.Bob Hale & Crispin Wright - 2012 - Journal of Philosophy 109 (1-2):85-131.

View all 8 references / Add more references