Introduction To African Philosophy

Introduction To African Philosophy

by Samuel Oluoch Imbo
     
 

An invaluable introduction to this dynamic and growing area of study, Imbo's book synthesizes the ideas of key African philosophers into an accessible narrative. By making cross-disciplinary and transnational connections, Imbo stakes out an important place for African philosophy.See more details below

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An invaluable introduction to this dynamic and growing area of study, Imbo's book synthesizes the ideas of key African philosophers into an accessible narrative. By making cross-disciplinary and transnational connections, Imbo stakes out an important place for African philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847688418
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1How Is African Philosophy to Be Defined?3
What Is Philosophy?3
Ethnophilosophical Approaches8
Universalist Definitions of African Philosophy17
Hermeneutical Orientations27
Various Classifications of African Philosophy34
The Politics of Defining African Philosophy43
Ch. 2Is Ethnophilosophy Really Philosophy?53
Cheikh Anta Diop: An Afrocentric Historiography56
John S. Mbiti: A Religious Ethnography60
Ogotemmeli's Cosmology64
The Critics of Ethnophilosophy68
Ch. 3Is African Philosophy Unique?75
Uniqueness as Negative: Placide Tempels Revisited77
Uniqueness as Positive: Leopold Sedar Senghor81
The Dangers of Uniqueness: Paulin Hountondji85
Africa in the House of Philosophy: Kwame Anthony Appiah88
Ch. 4What Should the Language(s) of African Philosophy Be?97
Language as Collective Memory Bank99
Written Language and Oral Language103
In Defense of African Languages: Ngugi wa Thiong'o110
In Defense of European Languages: Chinua Achebe116
Ch. 5Are There Connections Among African, African American, and Feminist Philosophies?123
Connections with African American Philosophy: A Tradition Born Out of Struggle126
Connections with Feminism: Feminist Critiques of Western Philosophy133
Conclusion143
References147
Index155
About the Author158

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