Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

by Polycarp Ikuenobe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739111310

ISBN-13: 9780739111314

Pub. Date: 04/13/2006

Publisher: Lexington Books

Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions provides an analysis of the idea of communalism as a dominant philosophical theme in various African cultures. Polycarp Ikuenobe argues that communalism the basis for the now popular African saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" - may be seen as conceptual framework and foundation for

Overview

Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions provides an analysis of the idea of communalism as a dominant philosophical theme in various African cultures. Polycarp Ikuenobe argues that communalism the basis for the now popular African saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" - may be seen as conceptual framework and foundation for African ideas, values, and thought and belief systems. Ikuenobe also defends communalism against criticism that claims it has elements of spiritualism, anachronism, authoritarianism, lack of critical reflection, irrationality, indoctrination, and corruption. These elements, critics claim, are the fundamental problems that have impeded Africa's economic, political, and technological development. This book offers the unique and insightful argument that if communalism is properly understood and applied, it could provide the foundation for Africa's development.

About the Author:
Polycarp Ikuenobe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739111314
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
04/13/2006
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Methodological and Metaphilosophical Issues     11
African Conceptions of Personhood and Community     51
Moral Philosophy, Communalism, and Morality     93
Oral Tradition, Narratives, and Moral Education     135
Communalism and Epistemic Authoritarianism     175
Moral Education, Rationality, and Indoctrination     215
Reflections on Communalism, Responsibility, and Liberal Criticisms     257
Conclusion     291
Bibliography     311
Index     321
About the Author     339

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