Our Heritage: The Past in the Present of African-American and African Existence

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - History - 103 pages
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In this compelling and engaging work, Tsenay Serequeberhan discusses recent attempts to define African philosophy and the practice of hermeneutics for articulating a philosophy that is distinctively African. Pressing into service insights derived from Marx, Nietzsche, Levinas, Fanon, and others, Serequeberhan analyzes the question of how we relate to our past (i.e., our heritage) and the open possibilities of our future. He carefully examines the variety of approaches to African philosophy and argues for a historically engaged and existentially attuned paradigm shift. The result is an approach that explores the contemporary situation of African and African-American existence in view of emancipatory struggles that have established the confines of the present.
 

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Heritage and Its Transmission A Reading of Frantz Fanon
1
Identity and Race in the Black Experience Reflections on W E B Du Bois
13
Master and Slave African American Slave Narratives and G W F Hegels Dialectic of Recognition
25
Africa and Identity Kwame Anthony Appiah and the Politics of Philosophy
35
African Philosophy? Looking behind the Question
47
The Heritage of the Idea Violence Counterviolence and the Negated
59
The Postcolonial Sensibility
73
Notes
77
Index
97
About the Author
103
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Tsenay Serequeberhan is the author of The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy and the editor of African Philosophy: The Essential Readings.

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