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Barry Hallen
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  1. 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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  2. Reconsidering the Case for Consensual Governance in Africa.Barry Hallen - 2019 - Second Order: An African Journal of Philosophy  3 (1):1-22.
    Consensus has been highlighted by African philosophers as an element essential to African societies, past and present, that has not been assigned the importance it deserves. The philosophers involved have done this in part by drawing upon firsthand experience of their own indigenous cultures. Consensual governance presents a rather different view of the constitution of indigenous African societies and what should be their most appropriate form of political order today. A legitimate concern, therefore, is why this element supposedly foundational to (...)
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  3. 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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    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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    African Philosophy: The Analytic Approach.Barry Hallen - 2006 - Africa World Press.
  6. “Ethnophilosophy” Redefined?Barry 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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  7. Contemporary Anglophone African Philosophy: A Survey.Barry Hallen - 2004 - In Kwasi Wiredu (ed.), A Companion to African Philosophy. Blackwell. pp. 99--148.
    A broad survey of contemporary African philosophy on the basis of methodologies and their applications.
     
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  8. African Ethics.Barry Hallen - 2005 - In W. Schweiker (ed.), A Companion to Religious Ethics. Blackwell. pp. 406--412.
    Ordinary language analysis can be used to illustrate usage that is involved with morality in an African culture and thereby systematic thinking about ethical issues that are relevant to academic philosophy.
     
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  9. Yoruba Moral Epistemology.Barry Hallen - 2004 - In Kwasi Wiredu (ed.), A Companion to African Philosophy. Blackwell. pp. 296--303.
    Ordinary language approach to Yoruba discourse used to argue that being a reliable source of accurate information has consequences for a person's character.
     
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  10. African Meanings, Western Words.Barry Hallen - 1997 - African Studies Review 40 (1):1--11.
    An overview of African Studies with respect to representing the meanings of African languages with Western languages.
     
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  11. Analytic Philosophy and Traditional Thought: A Critique of Robin Horton.Barry Hallen - 1996 - In Parker English Kibujjo Kalumba (ed.), African Philosophy: A Classical Approach. Prentice-Hall. pp. 216-228.
  12. Robin Horton on Critical Philosophy and Traditional Thought.Barry Hallen - 1977 - Second Order 6 (1):81--92.
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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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    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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    “Handsome is as Handsome Does”: Interrelations of the Epistemic, the Moral, and the Aesthetic in an African Culture.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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  16. 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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  17. 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]Barry Hallen - 1985 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (1):109-111.
  19. Afro-Brazilian Mosques in West Africa.Barry Hallen - 1988 - Mimar 29:16--23.
    The architecture of mosques in West Africa, specifically southwestern Nigeria, evidences the input of Africans who were involved with the design of the Baroque churches of Bahia, Brazil.
     
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  20. Boldness and Caution in the Methodology and Social Philosophy of Karl Popper.Barry Hallen - 1970 - Dissertation, Boston University Graduate School
  21. Cosmology: African Cosmologies.Barry Hallen - 2004 - In Lindsay Jones (ed.), Encyclopedia of Religion. Macmillan Reference.
    Africa's indigenous cultures evidence cosmologies that are diverse and still evolving. A comparison is made of those found in the Yoruba (Nigeria), Maasai (Kenya), and Ki-Kongo (DRC) cultures to demonstrate this.
     
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  22. Heidegger, Hermeneutics and African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 2006 - Africa E Mediterraneo 53:46--53.
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  23. My Mercedes Has Four Legs!’ ‘Traditional’ as an Attribute of African Equestrian ‘Culture.Barry Hallen - 1995 - In Gigi Pezzoli (ed.), Horsemen of Africa: History, Iconography, Symbolism. Milan, Italy: Centro Studi Archeologia Africana. pp. 49--64.
    Drawing upon the celebration of a major Muslim holiday in the city of Kano, Nigeria to demonstrate that the occasion is much more than simply participating in something traditional that has to happen.
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  24. Modes of Thought, Ordinary Language, and Cognitive Diversity.Barry Hallen - 2002 - In Claude Sumner & Samuel Wolde Yohannes (eds.), Perspectives in African Philosophy. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University Press. pp. 214--222.
    Ordinary language philosophy is made relevant to the African context by demonstrating it can be used to illuminate and illustrate African meanings that are relevant to academic philosophy.
     
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  25. Some Observations About Philosophy, Postmodernism, and Art in African Studies.Barry Hallen - 1995 - African Studies Review 38 (1):69--80.
    Philosophy can encompass almost all of the other disciplines without being told it is misbehaving. The ability to interrelate disciplines that ordinarily function independently can make positive contributions to African studies in particular.
     
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  26. Variations on a Theme: Ritual, Performance, Intellect.Barry Hallen - 2000 - In John Pemberton (ed.), Insight and Artistry: A Cross-Cultural Study of Art and Divination in Central and West Africa. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. pp. 168--174.
    The methodology underlying an African system of divination, in this case Yoruba Ifa, reveals standards that safeguard objectivity as well as creative input from legitimate diviners.
     
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  27. ‘Witches’ as Superior Intellects: Challenging a Cross-Cultural Superstition.Barry Hallen - 2001 - In Diane Ciekawy & Geirge C. Bond (eds.), Dialogues of Witchcraft: Anthropology, Philosophy, and the Possibilities of Discovery. Ohio University Press. pp. 80--100.
    The assumption that witchcraft is a universal phenomenon does not do justice to the category of persons known as the "aje" in Yoruba culture. The aje evidence behavior and skills that make them into a special class of human beings in their own right. Evidence of the danger of treating some Western concepts as universals.
     
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  28. What’s It Mean?: ‘Analytic’ African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 1996 - Quest: Philosophical Discussions 10 (2):66--77.
    The ordinary language approach can help to explore the form and content of philosophy in the African context.
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  29. Yoruba, Concept of Human Personality.Barry Hallen - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 708-709.
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  30. Yoruba Moral Epistemology as the Basis for a Cross-Cultural Ethics.Barry Hallen - 2008 - In Jacob K. Olupona & Terry Rey (eds.), Orisa Devotion as World Religion: Global Yoruba Religious Culture. University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 222--229.
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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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  32. A Philosopher’s Approach to Traditional Culture.Barry Hallen - 1975 - Theoria to Theory 9 (4):259--272.
    The study of traditional cultures is supposedly the business of the social sciences. Philosophy too has methodologies and viewpoints that can make positive contributions to their study.
     
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  33. Ethical Knowledge In An African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 2003 - Florida Philosophical Review 3 (1):81-90.
     
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    The House of the "INU" Keys to the Structure of a Yoruba Theory of the Self.Barry Hallen & Olubi Sodipo - 1994 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):3-24.
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    What's It Mean? 'Analytic' African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 1996 - Quest - and African Journal of Philosophy 10 (2):67-78.
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    Indeterminancy, Ethnophilosophy, Linguistic Philosophy, African Philosophy.Barry Hallen - 1995 - Philosophy 70 (273):377 - 393.
    Various obstacles to the expression of African philosophy, arising from indeterminacies of translation, can be resolved by having recourse to the ordinary language approach to academic philosophy.
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    Some Comments on Africanising a Philosophy Curriculum.Barry Hallen - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):401-403.
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  38. Not a House Divided.Barry Hallen - 2003 - Journal on African Philosophy 2:1--15.
    An argument that the sometimes counterproductive division between the analytic and Continental approaches to academic philosophy not be carried over into African philosophy.
     
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  39. Academic Philosophy and African Intellectual Liberation.Barry Hallen - 1998 - African Philosophy 11 (2):93-7.
  40. Does It Matter Whether Linguistic Philosophy Intersects Ethnophilosophy?Barry Hallen - 1996 - Apa Newsletter on International Cooperation 96 (1):136--140.
    Because it focuses on the general usage of terms, the ordinary language approach to African philosophy has sometimes been labeled a form of ethnophilosophy in that it simply records or describes meanings in the way ethnographers describe cultures. That misses the point that linguistic philosophy in general has to be concerned with terminology that is shared and is able to do it in ways that are philosophically valuable.
     
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  41. Robin Hortin on Critical Philosophy and Traditional Thought.Barry Hallen - 1977 - Second Order: An African Journal of Philosophy  6 (1):81-92.
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  42. The House of the ‘Inu’: Keys to the Structure of a Yoruba Theory of the ‘Self.’.Barry Hallen & J. Olubi Sodipo - 1994 - Quest: Philosophical Discussions 8 (1):3--23.
    In an effort to explain the Yoruba concept of "emi" or self, an elder uses the metaphor of a house with many tenants--such as memory and imagination, and then says the 'key' to accessing them is self-consciousness. A consideration of impressive contextual dexterity.
     
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    "African Philosophy: Myth or Reality?" by L. Apostel and E. Story.Barry Hallen - 1985 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (1):109.
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    Indeterminacy, Ethnophilosophy, Linguistic Philosophy, African Philosophy, Barry Hallen.Barry Hallen - 1995 - Philosophy 70 (273):377-94.