The Egyptian Philosophers: Ancient African Voices from Imhotep to Akhenaten

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Traditional Eurocentric thought assumes that Greece was the origin of civilization. This book dispels this and other myths by showing that there is a body of knowledge that preceded Greek philosophy. The author documents how the great pyramids were built in 2800 B.C., 2,100 years before Greek civilization. The popular myth of Hippocrates being the father of medicine is dispelled by the fact that Hippocrates studied the works of Imhotep, the true father of medicine, and mentioned his name in his Hippocratic oath. ...
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Traditional Eurocentric thought assumes that Greece was the origin of civilization. This book dispels this and other myths by showing that there is a body of knowledge that preceded Greek philosophy. The author documents how the great pyramids were built in 2800 B.C., 2,100 years before Greek civilization. The popular myth of Hippocrates being the father of medicine is dispelled by the fact that Hippocrates studied the works of Imhotep, the true father of medicine, and mentioned his name in his Hippocratic oath. Eleven famous African scholars who preceded Greek philosophers are profiled: Ptahhotep, Kagemni, Duauf, Amenhotep, Amenemope, Imhotep, Amenemhat, Merikare, Sehotepibre, Khunanup, and Akhenaten. These scholars' ideas on a variety of topics are discussed, including the emergence of science and reason, the moral order, books and education, and the clash of classes. Molefi Kete Asante is the author of 34 books, including The Afrocentric Idea, Afrocentricity, and Kemet, Afrocentricity and Knowledge. He is the founder of the first African studies program offering a doctorate degree and is credited with coining the term afrocentricity. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780913543665
  • Publisher: African American Images
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 255,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    This is a very informative and helpful book. I have learned a l


    This is a very informative and helpful book. I have learned a lot and seriously recommend that everyone read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Brief Overview of Select Egyptian Figures

    This book gives a great overview of ancient Egyptian figures thought to have had enormous influence on the development of reason and critical thinking. This book, however, only gives a brief summary of each figure. Each character is summed up in a few pages lacking depth and a significant analysis of the individual's philosophy. This book offer's interesting notions established by ancient Egyptians, but the notions/philosophies are simple and are not followed by detail or historical support established from scholarly sources. I suggest this book as an introduction to ancient Egyptian studies. I admire the inclusion of so many ancient Egyptian figures into one piece of work and the authors attempt to bring further understanding of ancient Egyptian history and the development of philosophical thinking.

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