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  1. Cultural universals and particulars: an African perspective.Kwasi Wiredu - 1996 - Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
    The eminent Ghanaian philosopher Kwasi Wiredu confronts the paradox that while Western cultures recoil from claims of universality, previously colonized peoples, seeking to redefine their identities, insist on cultural particularities.
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  2. Philosophy and an African culture.Kwasi Wiredu - 1980 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    What can philosophy contribute to African culture? What can it draw from it? Could there be a truly African philosophy that goes beyond traditional folk thought? Kwasi Wiredu tries in these essays to define and demonstrate a role for contemporary African philosophers which is distinctive but by no means parochial. He shows how they can assimilate the advances of analytical philosophy and apply them to the general social and intellectual changes associated with 'modernisation' and the transition to new national identities. (...)
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  3. The moral foundations of an African culture.Kwasi Wiredu - 2003 - In P. H. Coetzee & A. P. J. Roux (eds.), Philosophy from Africa: A text with readings 2nd Edition. London, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 287.
     
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  4. Conceptual decolonization as an imperative in contemporary African philosophy: some personal reflections.Kwasi Wiredu - 2002 - Rue Descartes 36 (2):53-64.
    Certaines notions philosophiques dans leur splendeur paraissent s’imposer à tous en Afrique. C’est ainsi que la réalité, l’existence, l’objet, la substance, la qualité, la punition… semblent avoir une extension presque universelle. Il est question pour l’auteur de contextualiser ces notions et de décoloniser mentalement les Africains qui les utilisent sans en tirer des conséquences historiques.
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    Social Philosophy in Postcolonial Africa: Some Preliminaries Concerning Communalism and Communitarianism.Kwasi Wiredu - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):332-339.
    There is one thing about some of the first crop of post independence rulers of Africa that I admire greatly. It is their keen sense of the practical importance of philosophy. Preeminent among them were leaders like Nkrumah, Senghor, Nyerere, Awolowo, Kaunda, and Sekou Toure. Amidst the awesome exigencies of postcolonial reconstruction they still devoted considerable attention to the philosophical bases of their programs. It can be debated whether the limits of the appreciation of the relevance of theory to practice (...)
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  6. On defining African philosophy.Kwasi Wiredu - forthcoming - African Philosophy: The Essential Readings (New York: Paragon). Repr. In H. Nagl-Docekal and Contemporary Anglophone African Philosophy.
  7. Custom and morality: a comparative analysis of some African and Western conceptions of morals.Kwasi Wiredu - forthcoming - African Philosophy: Selected Readings, Ed. Mosley, Ag Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs.
  8. A Companion to African Philosophy.Kwasi Wiredu (ed.) - 2004 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    This volume of newly commissioned essays provides comprehensive coverage of African philosophy, ranging across disciplines and throughout the ages. _ Offers a distinctive historical treatment of African philosophy. Covers all the main branches of philosophy as addressed in the African tradition. Includes accounts of pre-colonial African philosophy and contemporary political thought. _.
     
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    Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy: Four Essays.Kwasi Wiredu - 1995 - Ibadan, Nigeria: Hope Publications.
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    Person and Community: Ghanaian Philosophical Studies I.Kwasi Wiredu & Kwame Gyekye (eds.) - 1992 - Washington, DC: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy.
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    Introduction: African Philosophy in Our Time.Kwasi Wiredu - 2004 - In A Companion to African Philosophy. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–27.
    This chapter contains sections titled: The Postcolonial Situation Paulin Hountondji The Study of African Traditional Philosophy Mbiti and Time in Africa Contemporary African Philosophy as Comparative Philosophy The Question of Relativism Conceptual Decolonization The Concept of a Person Morality Africa's Philosopher Kings The Question of Violence The Question of Democracy Dimensions of African Philosophy.
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    Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics: A Plea for a Non-party Polity.Kwasi Wiredu - 2000 - Polylog 2.
    Wiredu discusses the use of the consensus principle for political theory and practice in Africa. The consensus principle used to be widespread in African politics, and Wiredu elaborates on the example of the traditional political system of the Ashantis in Ghana as a possible guideline for a recommendable path for African politics. For empirical data, he draws from historical material published by British anthropologists and Ghanaian intellectuals. According to Wiredu, a non-party system based on consensus as a central principle of (...)
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  13. Are There Cultural Universals?Kwasi Wiredu - 1995 - The Monist 78 (1):52-64.
    Our question is “Are there Cultural Universals?” I propose a reductio ad absurdum proof for an affirmative answer as follows. Suppose there were no cultural universals. Then inter-cultural communication would be impossible. But there is inter-cultural communication. Therefore, there are cultural universals. Let me now try to unpack this epitome of a proof. I start with the premiss that there is inter-cultural communication. This is too visible in the present-day world to be disputed; what may need arguing is what it (...)
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  14. Democracy by Consensus: Some Conceptual Considerations.Kwasi Wiredu - 2001 - Philosophical Papers 30 (3):227-244.
    Abstract Democracy as a political system entailing multi-party competition for power is only one form of democracy. Given that democracy is government by consent, the question is whether a less adversarial system than the party system, which is bound up with majoritarian decision-making, cannot be devised. This paper contends that a system based on consensus as a decision procedure would be a democracy of just such a description. It is important to note that the kind of consensus envisaged here is (...)
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    Philosophy, Humankind and the Environment.Kwasi Wiredu - 1994 - In H. Odera Oruka (ed.), Philosophy, Humanity and Ecology: Philosophy of Nature and Environmental Ethics. Nairobi, Kenya: African Academy of Sciences. pp. 30-48.
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    On the idea of a global ethic.Kwasi Wiredu - 2005 - Journal of Global Ethics 1 (1):45 – 51.
    Two different kinds of rules are needed in the regulation of human conduct in the sphere of global interaction. There is a need for global ethics and also a need for a global ethic. The first exists but needs reinforcement. The second also exists but not sufficiently widely and therefore needs a fashioning out in some contexts. Because ethics and an ethic are grammatically cognate and are both concerned with behavior, it is easy to conflate the two. Accordingly, clarity will (...)
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  17. The concept of truth in the Akan language.Kwasi Wiredu - 1998 - In Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (ed.), African Philosophy: An Anthology. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 176-180.
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    African Religions from a Philosophical Point of View.Kwasi Wiredu - 1997 - In Charles Taliaferro & Philip L. Quinn (eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Cambridge, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 34–43.
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  19. African philosophical tradition: a case study of the Akan.Kwasi Wiredu - 1992 - Philosophical Forum 24:35-62.
  20. A companion to African philosophy.Kwasi Wiredu, W. E. Abraham, Abiola Irele & Ifeanyi Menkiti (eds.) - 2004 - Malden, MA: Blackwell.
    This volume of newly commissioned essays provides comprehensive coverage of African philosophy, ranging across disciplines and throughout the ages. Offers a distinctive historical treatment of African philosophy. Covers all the main branches of philosophy as addressed in the African tradition. Includes accounts of pre-colonial African philosophy and contemporary political thought.
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    Canons of Conceptualization.Kwasi Wiredu - 1993 - The Monist 76 (4):450-476.
    In its most general sense a canon of conceptualization is an authoritative principle of thought or discourse. It may exist in explicit formulation in a text or it may be implicit in a convention of speech or even of conduct in a community united by culture, persuation or some cognate criterion. When a canon appertains to those basic modes of conceptualization called categories it may exercise the profoundest influence on life and thought, which may be all the more decisive in (...)
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    Amo's Critique of Descartes' Philosophy of Mind.Kwasi Wiredu - 2004 - In A Companion to African Philosophy. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 200–206.
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  23. The Concept of Mind.Kwasi Wiredu - 1995 - In Safro Kwame (ed.), Readings in African Philosophy: An Akan Collection. University Press of America. pp. 125-150.
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    Reply to English and Hamme.Kwasi Wiredu - 1996 - Journal of Social Philosophy 27 (2):234-243.
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    Can Philosophy Be Intercultural?Kwasi Wiredu - 1998 - Diogenes 46 (184):147-167.
    As we push closer to the twenty-first century, it is relevant to speculate whether the different peoples of the world can have any prospect of a more peaceful coexistence in the coming millennium than hitherto. It seems reasonable to suppose that intercultural dialogue in philosophy can be of service in the pursuit of this ideal and ought therefore to be promoted or, at least, cherished by all philosophers of goodwill. In this way they would be playing their part in the (...)
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    Formulating Modern Thought in African Languages: Some Theoretical Considerations.Kwasi Wiredu - 1992 - In V. Y. Mudimbe (ed.), The Surreptitious Speech: Presence Africaine and the Politics of Otherness 1947-1987. University of Chicago. pp. 301-332.
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    Reincarnation.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 597-599.
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  28. Ethnophilosophy and its critics: a trialogue.Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kobina Oguah & Kwasi Wiredu - 1995 - In Safro Kwame (ed.), Readings in African Philosophy: An Akan Collection. University Press of America. pp. 83-94.
     
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    On the necessity of S4.Kwasi Wiredu - 1979 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 20 (3):689-694.
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    Reflections on Cultural Diversity.Kwasi Wiredu - 2005 - Diogenes 52 (1):117-128.
    A dialectical interaction exists between cultural unity and diversity. These two factors can operate for good or ill. In order to strengthen the positive factor and limit the negative, it is important to have a good conceptual grasp of the basis of the unity, as well as of the diversity of cultures. Such an understanding should facilitate dialogue in intercultural relations, dialogue that is the most rational of all ways of coexistence. This article aims to explore the underlying conceptual themes.
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    Act.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 2-3.
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    Agent.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 41-41.
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    Attribute.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 69-69.
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    Conduct.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 143-143.
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  35. Comments on African Philosophy and the Akan Society.Kwasi Wiredu - 1995 - In Safro Kwame (ed.), Readings in African Philosophy: An Akan Collection. University Press of America.
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    Dualism.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 180-182.
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    Dialectic.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 160-162.
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    ¿Existen los universales culturales?Kwasi Wiredu - 1988 - Dianoia 34:35-48.
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    Existence.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 252-254.
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    Free Will.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 271-272.
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    Individual as Community Member.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 318-320.
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    Immortality.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 313-315.
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    L'empiricalisme : une philosophie africaine contemporaine.Kwasi Wiredu - 2004 - Rue Descartes n° 45-46 (3):166-178.
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    Morality.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 452-454.
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    Morals.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 456-457.
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    Mysticism.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 491-492.
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    Order.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 539-540.
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    Obligation.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 532-533.
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    Réflexions sur la diversité culturelle.Kwasi Wiredu - 2004 - Diogène 205 (1):136-151.
    Résumé Il existe une interaction dialectique entre l’unité culturelle et la diversité. Ces deux facteurs peuvent agir en bien ou en mal. Pour favoriser l’aspect positif et limiter l’impact négatif, il est important d’avoir une bonne compréhension conceptuelle des bases de cette unité, ainsi que de la diversité des cultures et de leur statut moral. Une telle compréhension devrait faciliter l’usage, dans les relations interculturelles, du dialogue, qui est le mode de coexistence le plus rationnel. Cet article propose d’en explorer (...)
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    Spirits.Kwasi Wiredu - 2021 - In V. Y. Mudimbe & Kasereka Kavwahirehi (eds.), Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 646-647.
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