Download e-book for kindle: A Short History of African Philosophy by Barry Hallen

By Barry Hallen

ISBN-10: 0253109183

ISBN-13: 9780253109187

ISBN-10: 025334106X

ISBN-13: 9780253341068

During this obtainable publication, Barry Hallen discusses the foremost rules, figures, and faculties of idea in African philosophy. whereas drawing out severe matters within the formation of African philosophy, Hallen specializes in the new scholarship, present matters, and suitable debates that experience made African philosophy a big key to figuring out the wealthy and complicated cultural background of Africa. Hallen builds upon Africa's connections with Western philosophical traditions and explores African contributions to cultural universalism, cultural relativism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and Marxism. Hallen additionally examines African demanding situations to Western conceptions of philosophy by way of taking up questions equivalent to no matter if philosophy can exist in cultures which are considerably established in oral traditions and what may well or would possibly not represent philosophical texts. one of the figures whose paintings is mentioned are Ptah-hotep (Egypt, third millennium BCE), Zar'a Ya'aqob (Abyssinia, seventeenth century), Anton Wilhelm Amo (Ghana, 18th century), Paulin Hountondji, V. Y. Mudimbe, Oyeronke Oyewumi, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Kwasi Wiredu. This basically written, hugely readable, and concise paintings should be crucial for college kids and students of African philosophy in addition to readers with a variety of pursuits in African reviews.

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The epistemological signi¤cance of the “so” in ‘it/that is so’ and ‘what is so’. 26. K. Wiredu, personal correspondence with the author. Rationality as Culturally Universal 25 philosophical debate. “Truth,” as a construct of the considered opinions of human beings in any culture, when coupled with (as we shall soon see) a concern to demonstrate that certain rational principles are universal to all cultures, effectively makes reasoned debate a prerogative of every culture in the world (Africa’s cultures included, of course).

Third, such relatively culturally neutral and instrumentally useful elements can be adapted by Africans and used to develop their own interests. There have always been two dimensions to Wiredu’s philosophical scholarship. 20 In other instances, he explores the philosophical “prepossessions” of select concepts or aspects of the language and culture of the Akans that happen to constitute his African heritage. In some cases, as with his ruminations about “truth,” the two dimensions are combined and interrelated, but always on a common basis of analytical rigor.

A misleading stereotype of “traditional” Africa, as we have already seen in the case of Mbiti, is that every important element of such cultures, morality included, is inextrica38. “I argue that philosophy is a universal intellectual activity that has been pursued by peoples of all cultures and that the propensity to raise fundamental questions about human experience can be found in peoples belonging to different cultures, even though the answers may be different, despite our common humanity, and may not all be equally compelling” (Gyekye 1995, xiv).

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