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: 04/28/2006

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

This book provides a philosophical analysis of the idea of communalism as a dominant philosophical theme in various African cultures. It argues that the idea of communalism, which is the basis for the now popular African saying, "it takes a village to raise a child," may be seen as a conceptual framework and the foundation for African ideas, values, thought and

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This book provides a philosophical analysis of the idea of communalism as a dominant philosophical theme in various African cultures. It argues that the idea of communalism, which is the basis for the now popular African saying, "it takes a village to raise a child," may be seen as a conceptual framework and the foundation for African ideas, values, thought and belief systems. Polycarp Ikuenobe also defends the idea of communalism against the criticisms that 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. Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions offers the unique and insightful argument that if communalism is properly understood and harnessed, it could provide the foundation for Africa's development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739111314
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Methodological and Metaphilosophical Issues Chapter 2 African Conceptions of Personhood and Community Chapter 3 Moral Philosophy, Communalism, and Morality Chapter 4 Oral Tradition, Narratives, and Moral Education Chapter 5 Communalism and Epistemic Authoritarianism Chapter 6 Moral Education, Rationality, and Indoctrination Chapter 7 Reflections on Communalism, Responsibility, and Liberal Criticisms

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