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A Companion to African Philosophy,9781405145671

A Companion to African Philosophy

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/23/2006
Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume of newly commissioned essays provides comprehensive coverage of African philosophy, ranging across disciplines and throughout the ages. Offers a distinctive historical treatment of African philosophy. Covers all the main branches of philosophy as addressed in the African tradition. Includes accounts of pre-colonial African philosophy and contemporary political thought.

Author Biography

Kwasi Wiredu is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. His books include Philosophy and An African Culture (1981).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xix
Introduction: African Philosophy in Our Timep. 1
Historyp. 29
Egypt: Ancient History of African Philosophyp. 31
African Philosophers in the Greco-Roman Erap. 50
Precolonial African Philosophy in Arabicp. 66
Some Nineteenth-Century African Political Thinkersp. 78
Africana Philosophy: Origins and Prospectsp. 90
Contemporary Anglophone African Philosophy: A Surveyp. 99
Philosophy in South Africa Under and After Apartheidp. 149
Philosophy in North Africap. 161
The Light and the Shadow: Zera Yacob and Walda Heywat: Two Ethiopian Philosophers of the Seventeenth Centuryp. 172
Zera Yacob and Traditional Ethiopian Philosophyp. 183
Anton Wilhelm Amop. 191
Amo's Critique of Descartes' Philosophy of Mindp. 200
Albert Luthuli, Steve Biko, and Nelson Mandela: The Philosophical Basis of their Thought and Practicep. 207
Frantz Fanon (1925-1961)p. 216
Theory and the Actuality of Existence: Fanon and Cabralp. 225
Alexis Kagame (1912-1981): Life and Thoughtp. 231
Post-Independence African Political Philosophyp. 243
Methodological Issuesp. 261
Some Methodological Controversies in African Philosophyp. 263
Sage Philosophy: Its Methodology, Results, Significance, and Futurep. 274
Logic, Epistemology, and Metaphysicsp. 283
Logic in the Acholi Languagep. 285
Yoruba Moral Epistemologyp. 296
Ifa: An Account of a Divination System and Some Concluding Epistemological Questionsp. 304
Toward a Theory of Destinyp. 313
On the Normative Conception of a Personp. 324
African Conceptions of a Person: A Critical Surveyp. 332
Quasi-Materialism: A Contemporary African Philosophy of Mindp. 343
The Philosophy of Religionp. 353
Religion in African Culture: Some Conceptual Issuesp. 355
Okot p'Bitek's Critique of Western Scholarship on African Religionp. 364
Islam in Africa: Examining the Notion of an African Identity within the Islamic Worldp. 374
Ethics and Aestheticsp. 385
Some African Reflections on Biomedical and Environmental Ethicsp. 387
Ethics and Morality in Yoruba Culturep. 396
Aesthetic Inquiry and the Music of Africap. 404
Art and Community: A Social Conception of Beauty and Individualityp. 415
The Many-Layered Aesthetics of African Artp. 425
Politicsp. 433
Government by Consensus: An Analysis of a Traditional Form of Democracyp. 435
Democracy, Kingship, and Consensus: A South African Perspectivep. 443
Fellowship Associations as a Foundation for Liberal Democracy in Africap. 450
Economic Globalism, Deliberative Democracy, and the State in Africap. 460
Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Violencep. 472
Western and African Communitarianism: A Comparisonp. 483
Human Rights in the African Contextp. 499
The Politics of Memory and Forgetting After Apartheidp. 509
The Question of an African Jurisprudence: Some Hermeneutic Reflectionsp. 519
Special Topicsp. 527
Knowledge as a Development Issuep. 529
African Philosophy and African Literaturep. 538
Philosophy and Literature in Francophone Africap. 549
Feminism and Africa: Impact and Limits of the Metaphysics of Genderp. 560
Indexp. 570
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