African Philosophy: An Anthology / Edition 1

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Bringing together canonical philosophical texts from African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Black European thinkers, this major new anthology is designed to serve both as a textbook and as the authoritative reference volume in Africana philosophical and cultural studies.

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"This powerful and wide ranging anthology is ideal for classroomuse. The issues discussed are central: the selections are engaging;and the contributors are of the highest order. It will help bringabout a long overdue change in the philosophical canon." RobertBernasconi, University of Memphis

"We are indeed blessed to have Eze's wide-ranging andmagnificent anthology. It brings together some of the moststimulating texts of African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, andBlack European philosophy. Its ambitious effort will serve well allthose interested in African studies and students and specialists ofphilosophy in general." V. Y. Mudimbe, StanfordUniversity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631203384
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/12/1998
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series , #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 749,899
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University. His teaching and research interests are in critical social theory, modern European philosophy, and Africana philosophy. His publications include Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical Reader (1997), and Race and the Enlightenment (1996), both with Blackwell Publishers.

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Table of Contents



Part I: What is African Philosophy?.

1. African Philosophy: Yesterday and Today (Joseph I.Omoregbe).

2. Philosophy and Post-Colonial Africa (TsenaySerequeberhan).

3. African, African American, Africana Philosophy (LuciusOutlaw).

4. The African Foundations of Greek Philosophy (HenryOlela).

5. Contemporary Moslem Philosophies in North Africa (MouradWahba).

Part II: Human Nature: Mind, Body, and Self-Identity.

6. The Relation of Okra (Soul) and Honam (Body): An AkanConception (Kwame Gyekye).

7. "Chi" in Igbo Cosmology (Chinua Achebe).

8. The Sociality of Self (Okot p'Bitek).

Part III: Philosophy, Politics, and Society.

9. Leaders must not be Masters (Julius Nyerere).

10. Consciencism (Kwame Nkrumah).

11. Two Traditions in African American Political Philosophy(Bernard Boxill).

12. Universal Dimensions of Black Struggle I: Black RevolutionUniversal Dimensions of Black Struggle II: Human Rights, CivilRights (Malcom X).

13. Philosophy, Politics, and Power: An Afro-AmericanPerspective (Cornel West).

Part IV: Ethics.

14. "Mutumin Kirki": The Concept of the Good Man in Hausa(Anthony H.M. Kirk-Greene).

15. Yoruba Philosophy: Individuality, Community, and the MoralOrder (Segun Gbadegesin).

16. Concerning Violence (Frantz Fanon).

17. Morals and the Value of Human Life (M.M. Agrawal).

18. Moral Reasoning versus Racial Reasoning (CornelWest).

Part V: On Knowledge and Science.

19. Elements of Physics in Yoruba Culture I.

Elements of Physics in Yoruba Culture II (Supo Ogunbunmi andHenry M. Olaitan).

20. "Divination": A Way of Knowing (Philip M. Peek).

21. The Problem of Knowledge in "Divination": The Example of Ifa(E. Chukwudi Eze).

22. The Concept of Truth in the Akan Language (KwasiWiredu).

23. African Traditional Thought and Western Science (RobinHorton).

24. How Not to Compare African Thought with Western Thought(Kwasi Wiredu).

25. Literacy, Criticism, and the Growth of Knowledge (JackGoody).

Part VI: Philosophy and Colonial Encounter.

26. Modern Western Philosophy and African Colonialism (E.Chukwudi Eze).

27. Discourse on Colonialism (Aime Cesaire).

28. The Wretched of the Earth (Frantz Ganon).

29. Colonialism and the Colonized: Violence and Coutner-Violence(Tsenay Serequeberhan).

30. Cultural Nationalism in the Colonial Period (R. L.Okonkwo).

31. National Liberation and Culture (Return to the Source)(Amilcar Cabral).

Part VII: Philosophy and Race.

32. The Conservation of Races (W. E. B. Du Bois).

33. The Illusions of Race (Kwame Anthony Appiah).

34. Du Bois on the Invention of Race (Tommy L. Lott).

35. Racism and Culture (Frantz Fanon).

36. Racism and Feminism (Bell Hooks).

Part VIII: Philosophy and Gender.

37. The Woman Question: African and Western Perspectives (MariePauline Eboh).

38. Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory (Bell Hooks).

39. Mammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images 9PatriciaHill Collins).

40. The Erasure of Black Women (Elizabeth V. Spelman).

41. The Curious Coincidence of Feminine and African MoralitiesSandra Harding).

Part IX: Philosophy and Transatlantic AfricanSlavery.

42. The Nature of Slavery (Fredrick Douglas).

43. The Concept of Slavery (Winthrop D. Jordan).

44. The Origin of Negro Slavery (Eric Williams).

45. The Interesting Narrative (Olaudah Equiano).

46. Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery (OttobahCugoano).

47. Autobiographical Acts and the Voice of the Southern Slave(Houston A. Baker, Jr.).

Part X: Ontology and the Nature of Art.

48. Breath (Birago Diop).

49. Bantu Ontology (Placide Tempels).

50. The Igbo World and Its Art (Chinua Achebe).

51. The Fourth Stage: Through the Mysteries of Ogun to theOrigin of Yoruba Tragedy (Wole Soyinka).

52. The Duke's Blues (Stanley Crouch).

Part XI: Philosophy of Religion.

53. God, Faith, and the Nature of Knowledge (Zera Yacob).

54. Must God Remain Greek (Robert E. Hood).

55. The Problem of Evil: An Akan Perspective (Kwame Gyekye).

56. Black Women and Men: Partnership in the 1990s (Bell Hooksand Cornel West).


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