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  1. Knowledge, Belief, and Witchcraft: Analytic Experiments in African Philosophy.B. Hallen - 1986 - Stanford University Press.
    First published in 1986, Knowledge, Belief, and Witchcraft remains the only analysis of indigenous discourse about an African belief system undertaken from within the framework of Anglo-American analytical philosophy. Taking as its point of departure W. V. O. Quine's thesis about the indeterminacy of translation, the book investigates questions of Yoruba epistemology and of how knowledge is conceived in an oral culture.
     
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    “Handsome Is as Handsome Does”.Barry Hallen - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999:187-196.
    Today the study of African aesthetics constitutes one of the most exciting and dynamic subdisciplines in African and intercultural studies. Yet, because it is also a discipline in which African meanings must of necessity be translated into and expressed by one of the few ‘world’ languages (English, French), it is in the interests of all concerned—Africans and non-Africans—to work together to ensure that the highest possible professional standards are maintained. For it is intercultural dialogue based upon reciprocal language fluency that (...)
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    Select Issues and Controversies in Contemporary African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 2014 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 74:109-122.
    African philosophy today is a complicated and dynamic discipline. This presentation will concentrate on two topics that are currently of special interest. One concerns the meaning of the term when it is used to express a defining characteristic of Africa's cultures. The other concerns the reactions on the part of African philosophers and scholars to the movement that has come to be known in Western academia and culture as.
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    Personhood in a Communitarian Context.Barry Hallen - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):1-10.
    Theories regarding the nature and achievement of personhood in a communitarian context appear to differ in significant respects in the writings of several contemporary African philosophers. Ifeanyi Menkiti seems to regard ethnic differences as sufficient to warrant a national accommodation of multiculturalism with respect to moralities and attendant beliefs. Kwasi Wiredu argues that there is a substantive universal moral principle that undercuts such apparent and relatively superficial diversity. Communitarianism also seems to provide a better framework for explaining how a human (...)
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    “Ethnophilosophy” Redefined?B. Hallen - 2010 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 2 (1):73-86.
    The meaning of the term “ethnophilosophy” has evolved in both a significant and controversial variety of ways since it was first introduced by Paulin Hountondji in 1970. It was first challenged by the Kenyan philosopher, H. Odera Oruka, as based upon Hountondji’s unfair appreciation of Africa’s indigenous cultural heritage. Barry Hallen and J. Olubi Sodipo, using a form of analytic philosophy as foundational, thereafter argued that Yoruba ordinary language discourse also served to undermine Hountondji’s critique. The later work of the (...)
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    Moral Epistemology--When Propositions Come Out of Mouths.Barry Hallen - 1998 - International Philosophical Quarterly 38 (2):187-204.
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    “Ethnophilosophy” Redefined?Barry Hallen - 2010 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 2 (1):73-85.
    The meaning of the term “ethnophilosophy” has evolved in both a significant and controversial variety of ways since it was first introduced by Paulin Hountondji in 1970. It was first challenged by the Kenyan philosopher, H. Odera Oruka, as based upon Hountondji’s unfair appreciation of Africa’s indigenous cultural heritage. Barry Hallen and J. Olubi Sodipo, using a form of analytic philosophy as foundational, thereafter argued that Yoruba ordinary language discourse also served to undermine Hountondji’s critique. The later work of the (...)
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    A Short History of African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 2009 - Indiana University Press.
    An historical and contemporary survey of African philosophy and philosophers, with chapters organized for the most part on the basis of methodological approaches.
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    Indeterminancy, Ethnophilosophy, Linguistic Philosophy, African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 1995 - Philosophy 70 (273):377 - 393.
    This is a paper about philosophical methodology or, better, methodologies. Most of the material that has been published to date under the rubric of African philosophy has been methodological in character. One reason for this is the conflicts that sometimes arise when philosophers in Africa attempt to reconcile their relationships with both academic philosophy and so-called African '‘traditional’ systems of thought. A further complication is that the studies of traditional African thought systems that become involved in these conflicts are themselves (...)
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    The Art Historian as Conceptual Analyst.Barry Hallen - 1979 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 37 (3):303-313.
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    Book Reviews : African Philosophy: Myth or Reality?. BY L. APOSTEL and E. STORY. Ghent, Belgium: Scientia Publishers, 1981. Pp. 428. Belgian Francs 1,280. [REVIEW]B. Hallen - 1985 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (1):109-111.
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    Moral Epistemology--When Propositions Come Out of Mouths: Reply to Òkè.Barry Hallen - 1998 - International Philosophical Quarterly 38 (2):187-204.
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  13. Analytic Philosophy and Traditional Thought: A Critique of Robin Horton.Barry Hallen - 1996 - In Parker English Kibujjo Kalumba (ed.), African Philosophy: A Classical Approach. pp. 216-228.
     
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  14. 'Academic Philosophy and African Intellectual Liberation'.Barry Hallen - 1998 - African Philosophy 11 (2):93-7.
     
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  15. "African Philosophy: Myth or Reality?" by L. Apostel and E. Story.Barry Hallen - 1985 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (1):109.
  16. African Philosophy: The Analytic Approach.Barry Hallen - 2006 - Africa World Press.
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    A Short History of African Philosophy, Second Edition.Barry Hallen - 2009 - Indiana University Press.
    A Short History of African Philosophy discusses major ideas, figures, and schools of thought in philosophy in the African context. While drawing out critical issues in the formation of African philosophy, Barry Hallen focuses on recent scholarship and relevant debates that have made African philosophy critical to understanding the rich and complex cultural heritage of the continent. This revised edition expands the historical perspective, takes account of recent discoveries and new canonical figures, highlights new discussions about gender as a cultural (...)
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    A Short History of African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 2002 - Indiana University Press.
    In this accessible book, Barry Hallen discusses the major ideas, figures, and schools of thought in African philosophy. While drawing out critical issues in the formation of African philosophy, Hallen focuses on the recent scholarship, current issues, and relevant debates that have made African philosophy an important key to understanding the rich and complex cultural heritage of Africa. Hallen builds upon Africa's connections with Western philosophical traditions and explores African contributions to cultural universalism, cultural relativism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and Marxism. Hallen (...)
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  19. Boldness and Caution in the Methodology and Social Philosophy of Karl Popper.Barry Hallen - 1970 - Dissertation, Boston University Graduate School
  20. Ethical Knowledge In An African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 2003 - Florida Philosophical Review 3 (1):81-90.
     
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  21. The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse About Values in Yoruba Culture.Barry Hallen - 2000 - Indiana University Press.
    The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture Barry Hallen Reveals everyday language as the key to understanding morals and ethics in Yoruba culture. "This contrasts with any suggestion that in Yoruba or, more generally, African society, moral thinking manifests nothing much more than a supine acquiescence in long established communal values.... Hallen renders a great service to African philosophy." —Kwasi Wiredu In Yoruba culture, morality and moral values are intimately linked to aesthetics. The purest (...)
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