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Africa's Agenda

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Liberal philosophy came to Africa through colonialism: it was taught in schools, preached and supported by the churches, and maintained and encouraged by an economic system characterized by competition and maximizing profit—capitalism. Thirty years after independence, liberal philosophy continues to erode traditional values in Africa. To redirect Africans to symbols of common life and respect for persons, nationalist leaders have tried other philosophies: negritude, African socialism, and humanism. This book shows the limitations of these philosophies, and the failure of African philosophy and theology to offer a paradigm for social change. The author proposes a new paradigm for transformation, one rooted in traditional thought, found in the concepts of moyo (life) and umunthu (personhood).

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In a personal attempt to deal with what he sees as a crisis in African identity, Sindima (philosophy and religion, Colgate U.) examines the impact of western liberalism on African thought and values. He argues that recapturing traditional values would allow a deeper understanding of self and society, and outlines a paradigm for the social, political, and theological transformation of self, religion, and society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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HARVEY J. SINDIMA is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

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Table of Contents

1 Africa's Biography 1
2 Liberalism and African Culture 27
3 The Struggle for Authenticity 59
4 African Socialism 89
5 African Concepts of the World, Life, and Person 125
6 Christianity and African Values 163
7 Community of Life: A Framework for Transformation 195
8 Christianity and Social Change 215
Bibliography 233
Index 253
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