A Companion to African Philosophy / Edition 1

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"This volume, comprised of 42 newly commissioned and 5 adapted essays, provides comprehensive coverage of African philosophy, ranging across disciplines and throughout the ages." The essays encompass all the main branches of philosophy - logic, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, religion, and politics, among others - as these have occupied the African mind in both communal and individual conceptions. A special feature of the volume is its historical dimension, including a substantial treatment of ancient African philosophy as encountered in ancient Egypt, an extended study of medieval North African thinkers, an enlightening discussion of pre-colonial African philosophy, and a history of African political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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"This collection is destined to become the classic guide to thedistinctive issues of concern to African philosophers today and inthe past. The essays also reveal critical challenges Africanphilosophies raise for ‘exceptionalist’ and‘triumphalist’ tendencies in Western philosophy. Thisis a lively and intriguing text for undergraduates, graduatestudents, and scholars in many disciplines." Sandra Harding,University of California, Los Angeles

"Professor Wiredu has brought together the leading scholars ofAfrican philosophy, and provided us with up-to-date assessments ofsuch vital topics as the history of African philosophy, Africanphilosophy and postcolonial studies, and the relationship betweenworld view and critical thinking. This is a balanced and judiciouscollection that exposes the student to all the major issues andschools." Ivan Karp, Emory University

"The extensive bibliography confirms the existence of Africanphilosophy and supports the argument for its rightful placealongside other philosophies. . . The essays in this book areinformative and compelling. The book is a product of commendableeffort and provides its readers with much enlightenment."African Studies Review

“…this Companion goes beyond evaluating Africanphilosophy spoken, written, sung, danced, sculpted, or paintedprior to itself; it becomes itself the most complete and thoughtfulanthology of African thought, the area’s most valuable workpublished as yet.” Heythrop Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405145671
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series , #7
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kwasi Wiredu is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. His books include Philosophy and An African Culture (1981).

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction:.

African Philosophy In Our Time.

Part II. History:.

1. Egypt: The Ancient History Of African Philosophy: TheophileObenga, San Francisco State University.

2. African Philosophers In The Greco-Roman Era: D. A. Masolo,University Of Louisville, Kentucky.

3. Pre-Colonial African Philosophy In Arabic: Souleymane BachirDiagne, University Of Dakar And Northwestern University,Chicago.

4. Some Nineteenth Century African Political Thinkers: PieterBoele Van Hensbroek, University Of Groningen, The Netherlands.

5. Africana Philosophy: Origins And Prospects: Lucius Outlaw,Vanderbilt.

6. Contemporary Anglophone African Philosophy: A Survey: BarryHallen, Harvard And Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.

7. Philosophy In South Africa Under And After Apartheid: PercyMore, University Of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

8. Philosophy In North Africa: Mourad Wahba, Ain ShamsUniversity, Cairo.

9. The Light And The Shadow: Zera Yacob And Walda Heywat: TwoEthiopian Philosophers Of The 17th Century:.

Claude Sumner, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

10. Zara Yacob And Traditional Ethiopian Philosophy: TeodrosKiros, Dubois Institute, Harvard.

11. Wilhelm Anton Amo: 1703-1758: W. E. Abraham, University OfCalifornia, Santa Cruz.

12. Amo’s Critique Of Descartes’ Philosophy Of Mind:Kwasi Wiredu, University Of South Florida, Tampa.

13. Albert Luthuli, Steve Biko And Nelson Mandela: ThePhilosophical Basis Of Their Thought And Practice: Mabogo P. More,University Of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

14. Franz Fanon: 1925-1961: Teodros Kiros, Dubois Institute,Harvard.

15. Theory And The Actuality Of Existence: Fanon And Cabral:Tsenay Serequeberhan.

16. Alexis Kagame 1912 –1981: Life And Thought: LiboireKagabo, University Of Burundi.

17. Post-Independence African Political Philosophy: OlufemiTaiwo, University Of Washington, Seattle.

Part III: Methodological Issues:.

18. Some Methodological Controversies In African Philosophy: A.G. Bello, University Of Ibadan, Nigeria.

19. Sage Philosophy: Its Methodology, Results, Significance AndFuture: Kibuji M. Kalumba, Ball State University, Indiana.

Part IV: Logic, Epistemology And Metapysics:.

20. Logic In The Acholi Language: Victor Ocaya, University OfBotswana.

21. Yoruba Moral Epistemology: Barry Hallen, MorehouseCollege.

22. Ifa: An Account Of A Divination System And Some ConcludingEpistemological Questions: Olufemi Taiwo, Seattle University,Washington.

23. Toward A Theory Of Destiny: Segun Gbadegesin, HowardUniversity, Washington D.C.

24. On The Normative Conception Of A Person: Ifeanyi Menkiti,Wellesley College, Ma.

25. Concepts Of A Person In Africa: A Critical Survey: DidierKaphagawani, Chancellor College, Malawi.

26. Quasi-Materialism: A Contemporary African Philosophy OfMind: Safro Kwame, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.

Part V: The Philosophy Of Religion:.

27. Religion In African Culture: Some Conceptual Issues:Olusegun Oladipo, University Of Ibadan, Nigeria.

28. Okot P'bitek's Critique Of Western Scholarship On AfricanReligion: Samuel O. Imbo, Hamline University, Minnesota.

29. Islam In Africa: Examining The Notion Of An African IdentityWithin The Islamic World: Souleymane Bachir Diagne, University OfDakar, And Northwestern University, Chicago.

Part VI: Ethics And Aesthetics:.

30. Some African Reflections On Biomedical And EnvironmentalEthics: Banyuy Tangwa, University Of Cameroon.

31. Ethics And Morality In Yoruba Culture: John Bewaji,University Of West Indies.

32. Aesthetic Inquiry And The Music Of Africa: Kofi Agawu,Yale.

33. Art And Community: A Social Conception Of Beauty AndIndividuality: Nkiru Nzegwu, University Of New York,Binghamton.

34. The Many-Layered Aesthetics Of African Art: Ajume Wingo,University Of Massachusetts.

Part VII: Politics:.

35. Government By Consensus: Analysis Of A TraditionalDemocracy: Wamala, Makerere University, Uganda.

36. Democracy, Kingship And Consensus: A South AfricanPerspective: Joe Teffo, University Of The North, South Africa.

37. Fellowship Associations As Foundation Of Social Democracy InAfrica: Ajume Wingo, University Of Massachusetts.

38. Economic Globalism, Deliberative Democracy And The State InAfrica: George Carew.

39. Nationalism, Ethnicity And Violence: Ali Mazrui, UniversityOf New York, Binghamton.

40. African Communalism And Western Communitarianism: AComparison: Dismas Masolo, University Of Kentucky.

41. Human Rights In The African Context: Francis M. Deng,Brookings Institution Washington D.C.

42. The Politics Of Memory And Forgetting After Apartheid:Pieter Duvenage, University Of The North, South Africa.

43. The Question Of An African Jurisprudence: Some HermeneuticReflections: John Murungi, Towson State University.

Part VIII: Special Topics:.

44. Knowledge As A Development Issue: Paulin Hountondji,University Of Benin.

45. African Philosophy And African Literature: Kwame Appiah,Harvard.

46. Philosophy And Literature In Francophone Africa: JeanGodefroy Bidima, Paris, Translated By Nicholas De Warren, WellesleyCollege, Massachusetts.

47. Feminism And Africa: Impact And Limits Of The Metaphysics OfGender: Nkiru Nzegwu, University Of New York, Binghamton.


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