Zara Yacob: Rationality of the Human Heart

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The Red Sea Press, 2005 - Philosophers - 156 pages
Through a rare autobiographical act, Zara Yacob, who acquainted himself with the teachings of the Catholic Church, becomes the first self-conscious founder of a philosophical tradition in Ethiopia. Indeed, it is a mild exaggeration to assert that it is Zara Yacob who gave the continent of Africa an original autobiography, something that was until then confined to literate traditions outside Africa. His treatise is a powerful example of self-presentation, clearly and masterfully expressed in a captivating literary style.
 

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Contents

Chapter
1
Ethiopia in the Seventeenth century
31
Chapter IV
81
Chapter V
99
Conclusion
117
The Debates about
147
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Tedros Kiros is Professor of Philosophy at Suffolk University in Boston and a writer and journalist. He received his B.A. at University of Wisconsin, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy, Kent State University. He is author of the books Toward the Construction of a Theory of Political Action; Moral Philosophy and Development: The Human Condition of Africa, The Promise of Multiculturalism, Self Construction and the Formation of Human Values (Winner, 1999 Michael Harrington Book Award for an outstanding book that contributes to human progress.) and Explorations in African Political Thought. Other forthcoming books are a novel titled Cambridge Days and a collection of short stories and essays. He is also a columnist of The Somerville Journal and editor and writer-at-large for The Ethiopian Reporter, an English-speaking newspaper in Addis Ababa.

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