Bcp: A Companion to African Philosophy
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....
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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.
Part I: Introduction:African Philosophy In Our TimePart II. History:1. Egypt: The Ancient History of African Philosophy: Theophile Obenga, San Francisco State University2. African Philosophers In The Greco-Roman Era: D. A. Masolo, University of Louisville, Kentucky3. Pre-Colonial African Philosophy In Arabic: Souleymane Bachir Diagne, University of Dakar and Northwestern University, Chicago4. Some Nineteenth Century African Political Thinkers: Pieter Boele Van Hensbroek, University of Groningen, The Netherlands5. Africana Philosophy: Origins and Prospects: Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt6. Contemporary Anglophone African Philosophy: A Survey: Barry Hallen, Harvard and Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia7. Philosophy In South Africa Under and After Apartheid: Percy More, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa8. Philosophy In North Africa: Mourad Wahba, Ain Shams University, Cairo9. The Light and The Shadow: Zera Yacob and Walda Heywat: Two Ethiopian Philosophers of The 17th Century:Claude Sumner, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia10. Zara Yacob and Traditional Ethiopian Philosophy: Teodros Kiros, Dubois Institute, Harvard11. Wilhelm Anton Amo: 1703-1758: W. E. Abraham, University of California, Santa Cruz12. Amo''s Critique of Descartes'' Philosophy of Mind: Kwasi Wiredu, University of South Florida, Tampa13. Albert Luthuli, Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela: The Philosophical Basis of Their Thought and Practice: Mabogo P. More, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa14. Franz Fanon: 1925-1961: Teodros Kiros, Dubois Institute, Harvard15. Theory and The Actuality of Existence: Fanon and Cabral: Tsenay Serequeberhan16. Alexis Kagame 1912 -1981: Life and Thought: Liboire Kagabo, University of Burundi17. Post-Independence African Political Philosophy: Olufemi Taiwo, University of Washington, SeattlePart III: Methodological Issues:18. Some Methodological Controversies In African Philosophy: A. G. Bello, University of Ibadan, Nigeria19. Sage Philosophy: Its Methodology, Results, Significance and Future: Kibuji M. Kalumba, Ball State University, IndianaPart IV: Logic, Epistemology and Metapysics:20. Logic In The Acholi Language: Victor Ocaya, University of Botswana21. Yoruba Moral Epistemology: Barry Hallen, Morehouse College22. Ifa: An Account of A Divination System and Some Concluding Epistemological Questions: Olufemi Taiwo, Seattle University, Washington23. Toward A Theory of Destiny: Segun Gbadegesin, Howard University, Washington D.C.24. on The Normative Conception of A Person: Ifeanyi Menkiti, Wellesley College, Ma25. Concepts of A Person In Africa: A Critical Survey: Didier Kaphagawani, Chancellor College, Malawi26. Quasi-Materialism: A Contemporary African Philosophy of Mind: Safro Kwame, Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaPart V: The Philosophy of Religion:27. Religion In African Culture: Some Conceptual Issues: Olusegun Oladipo, University of Ibadan, Nigeria28. Okot P''bitek''s Critique of Western Scholarship on African Religion: Samuel O. Imbo, Hamline University, Minnesota29. Islam In Africa: Examining The Notion of An African Identity Within The Islamic World: Souleymane Bachir Diagne, University of Dakar, and Northwestern University, ChicagoPart VI: Ethics and Aesthetics:30. Some African Reflections on Biomedical and Environmental Ethics: Banyuy Tangwa, University of Cameroon31. Ethics and Morality In Yoruba Culture: John Bewaji, University of West Indies32. Aesthetic Inquiry and The Music of Africa: Kofi Agawu, Yale33. Art and Community: A Social Conception of Beauty and Individuality: Nkiru Nzegwu, University of New York, Binghamton34. The Many-Layered Aesthetics of African Art: Ajume Wingo, University of MassachusettsPart VII: Politics:35. Government By Consensus: Analysis of A Traditional Democracy: Wamala, Makerere University, Uganda36. Democracy, Kingship and Consensus: A South African Perspective: Joe Teffo, University of The North, South Africa37. Fellowship Associations As Foundation of Social Democracy In Africa: Ajum
Kwasi Wiredu is a Ghanaian trained in the British tradition of logic and philosophy of language. Some of his philosophical work is directly in the analytic tradition and has no special focus on African issues. In his own view, these works represent "African philosophy" only in the sense that he is an African involved in philosophy. Another aspect of Wiredu's writings more directly addresses the issue of identifying African philosophy as either a tradition or a tradition in the making. Wiredu's basic thesis is that, as Africa inevitably modernizes, philosophy can play a key role in its development. For Wiredu it is not enough to identify a traditional set of African beliefs and call it philosophy; rather, philosophy is a critical, reflective, rational enterprise. Indigenous belief systems can be the starting point of African philosophy, but they will truly become a philosophical tradition only insofar as they become the grist for critical philosophizing. In this way, there can be a blend of traditional beliefs and modern, Western critical reflection.