African Philosophy, Second Edition: Myth and Reality [NOOK Book]


"Hountondji... writes not as an 'African' philosopher but as a
philosopher on Africa.... Hountondji's deep understanding of any civilization as
necessarily pluralistic, and often even self-contradicting as it evolves, is simply
magisterial.... This is a precious gem of a ...

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"Hountondji... writes not as an 'African' philosopher but as a
philosopher on Africa.... Hountondji's deep understanding of any civilization as
necessarily pluralistic, and often even self-contradicting as it evolves, is simply
magisterial.... This is a precious gem of a book for anyone who wishes to reflect on
civilization and culture." -- Choice

In this incisive, original
exploration of the nature and future of African philosophy, Paulin J. Hountondji
attacks a myth popularized by ethnophilosophers such as Placide Tempels and Alexis
Kagame that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy separate and
distinct from the Western philosophical tradition. Hountondji contends that
ideological manifestations of this view that stress the uniqueness of the African
experience are protonationalist reactions against colonialism conducted,
paradoxically, in the terms of colonialist discourse. Hountondji argues that a
genuine African philosophy must assimilate and transcend the theoretical heritage of
Western philosophy and must reflect a rigorous process of independent scientific
inquiry. This edition is updated with a new preface in which Hountondji responds to
his critics and clarifies misunderstandings about the book's conceptual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253113795
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/1996
  • Series: African Systems of Thought
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 411 KB

Meet the Author

Paulin J. Hountondji is Professor of Philosophy at the National
University of Benin, Cotonou. He is editor of and contributor to Philosophical
Research in Africa: A Bibliographic Survey and Endogenous Knowledge: Research
Trails. Hountondji is former Minister of Culture and Communication and Special
Advisor to the Head of State of Benin.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Introduction by Abiola

Part One: Arguments
1. An alienated
2. History of a myth
3. African philosophy, myth, and
4. Philosophy and its revolutions

Part Two:
5. An African philosopher in Germany in the eighteenth century:
Anton-Wilhelm Amo
6. The end of 'Nkrumaism' and the (re)birth of
7. The idea of philosophy in Nkrumah's Consciencism
True and false pluralism

Notes and

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