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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415939379
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Philosophy and the Human Situation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard H. Bell is Professor of Philosophy at the College of Wooster. He is the author of several books including Simone Weil: The Way of Justice as Compassion (1998), co-author of Seeds of the Spirit: Wisdom of the Twentieth Century (1995) and editor of Simone Weil's Philosophy of Culture (1993).

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Table of Contents

1 Understanding Another Culture 1
Understanding Others and Ourselves
A Procedure from an Aesthetic Point of View
"Found in Translation"
2 Foundations of Modern African Philosophy 21
Ethnophilosophy and the "Negritude" Movement
Critical, Scientific Philosophy
Sage Philosophy
3 Liberation and Postcolonial African Philosophy 37
African Humanism and Socialism
Postcolonial African Thought
The Question of "Race"
4 African Moral Philosophy I: Community and Justice 59
Persons, Individualism, and Communalism
Suffering and Injustice
Poverty and Human Development
5 African Moral Philosophy II: Truth and Reconciliation 85
Linking Communalism, Ubuntu, and Restorative Justice
Understanding the Grammar of Justice after Apartheid
"Not All Storytelling Heals": Criticisms of the TRC Process
Justice and Political Transformation
6 Narrative in African Philosophy: Orality and Icons 109
The Philosophical Significance of Oral Narratives
Rational Dialogue, Democracy, and the Village Palaver
Finding Pictures and Fictitious Narratives "Surprising"
Iconic Forms and the Aesthetic Consciousness Revisited
7 Some Concluding Remarks 135
Notes 139
Bibliography 171
Index 183
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