African Philosophy, Culture, And Traditional Medicine

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For over two centuries, Western scholars have discussed African philosophy and culture, often in disparaging, condescending terms, and always from an alien European perspective. Many Africans now share this perspective, having been trained in the western, empirical tradition. Makinde argues that, particularly in view of the costs and failings of western style culture, Africans must now mold their own modern culture by blending useful western practices with valuable indigenous African elements. Specifically, Makinde demonstrates the potential for the development of African philosophy and even African traditional medicine.

Following the lead of a number of countries with government policies of incorporating indigenous medicine with orthodox Western medicine, Makinde argues that traditional African practices should be taken seriously, both medically and scientifically. Further, he charges African scholars with the responsibility of investigating these and other elements of traditional African culture in order to dispel their mystery and secrecy through modern research and useful publications.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Foreword xi
Preface xiii
1. Introduction 1
Ifa, Knowledge, and Probability 5
2. On Philosophy and Culture 15
3. The Question of African Philosophy 23
On Philosophy in General 23
A Short History of African Philosophy 32
(i) First Phase: Unwritten Philosophy and Unknown Philosophers 33
(ii) Second Phase: Re-orientation in Philosophy and Colonial Ethnophilosophers 35
(iii) Third Phase: Critical Re-orientation in Philosophy and the Contemporary African Philosophers 39
Who is an African Philosopher? 54
4. The Social and Political Philosophy of Obafemi Awolowo 59
The Regime of Mental Magnitude: The Philosophical Foundation of Awolowo's Socialism 65
The Universal Mind 76
Marxist Totalitarianism and Capitalism's "Totalitarian" Democracy 81
5. African Traditional Medicine: Principles & Practice 87
6. Concluding Remarks 109
Appendix African Traditional Practice Among the Yoruba of Nigeria 111
Notes 119
Literature Cited 141
Index 151
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