The African Philosophy Reader / Edition 2

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Divided into eight sections, each with introductory essays, the selections offer rich and detailed insights into a diverse multinational philosophical landscape. Revealed in this pathbreaking work is the way in which traditional philosophical issues related to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, for instance, take on specific forms in Africa's postcolonial struggles. Much of its moral, political, and social philosophy is concerned with the turbulent processes of embracing modern identities while protecting ancient cultures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415968096
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

P.H. Coetzee is formerly of the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Africa. A.P.J. Roux is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Copyright acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Discourses on Africa
The struggle for reason in Africa 1
Categories of cross-cultural cognition and the African condition 9
On decolonizing African religions 20
Negritude: Literature and ideology 35
Moving the centre: Towards a pluralism of cultures 52
Ideology and culture: The African experience 58
The critique of Eurocentrism and the practice of African Philosophy 64
Black Consciousness and the quest for a true humanity 79
Is there an African philosophy in existence today? 86
Ch. 2 Trends in African philosophy
The status of Father Tempels and ethnophilosophy in the discourse of African philosophy 97
Francophone African philosophy 112
Four trends in current African philosophy 120
An alienated literature 125
African 'philosophy': Deconstructive and reconstructive challenges 137
Ch. 3 Metaphysical thinking in Africa
Themes in African metaphysics 161
Eniyan: The Yoruba concept of a person 175
The concept of cause in African thought 192
Metaphysics, religion, and Yoruba traditional thought 200
Self as a problem in African philosophy 209
Ch. 4 Epistemology and the tradition in Africa
African epistemology 219
The philosophy of ubuntu and ubuntu as a philosophy 230
The concept of trust in the Akan language 239
Logic and rationality 244
African heritage and contemporary life 259
Ch. 5 Morality in African thought
Particularity in morality and its relation to community 273
The moral foundations of an African culture 287
Person and community in African thought 297
An Akan perspective on human rights 313
The ethics of ubuntu 324
Primacy of the ethical order over the economic order: Reflections for an ethical economy 331
Ch. 6 Race and gender
South African women and the ties that bind 343
Should woman love 'wisdom'? 361
Race, culture, identity: Misunderstood connections 373
Visualizing the body 391
Essence of cultures and a sense of history: A feminist critique of cultural essentialism 416
The colour of reason: The idea of 'race' in Kant's anthropology 430
Ch. 7 Justice and restitution in African political thought
Historic titles in law 461
I conquer, therefore I am the sovereign: Reflections upon sovereignty, constitutionalism, and democracy in Zimbabwe and South Africa 463
Producing knowledge in Africa today 501
Reconciliation and social justice in southern Africa: The Zimbabwe experience 508
Rescuing the post-colonial state of Africa: A reconceptualization of the role of the civil society 517
Neo-dependency and Africa's fragmentation 528
Ch. 8 Africa in the global context
Later Marxist morality: Its relevance for Africa's post-colonial situation 547
Rethinking communities in a global context 558
Globalization and African Renaissance: An ethical reflection 574
Alienation and the African-American experience 589
'African Renaissance': A northbound gaze 600
Negritude and the gods of equity 611
Globalization and ubuntu 626
Index 651
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