African Philosophy: New and Traditional Perspectives

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Lee M. Brown
Oxford University Press, Jan 15, 2004 - History - 208 pages
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In the last two decades the idea of African Philosophy has undergone significant change and scrutiny. Some critics have maintained that the idea of a system of philosophical thought tied to African traditions is incoherent. In African Philosophy Lee Brown has collected new essays by top scholars in the field that in various ways respond to these criticisms and defend the notion of African Philosophy. The essays address both epistemological and metaphysical issues that are specific to the traditional conceptual languages of sub-Saharan Africa. The primary focus of the collection is on traditional African conceptions of topics like mind, person, personal identity, truth, knowledge, understanding, objectivity, destiny, free will, causation, and reality. The contributors, who include Leke Adeofe, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lee Brown, Segun Gbadegesin, D.A. Masolo, Albert Mosley, Ifeanyi Menkiti, and Kwasi Wiredu, incorporate concerns from various African philosophical traditions, including Akan, Azande, Bokis, Igno, Luo, and Yoruba. African Philosophy ultimately tries to bring a more rigorous conception of African philosophy into fruitful contact with Western philosophical concerns, specifically in the philosophies of psychology, mind, science, and language, as well as in metaphysics and epistemology. It will appeal to both scholars and students.
 

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This is the ONLY BOOK ON AFRIKAN PHILOSOPHY I've been able to find in Brixton Library!
It's not by mistake that evidence of our peoples intellectual prowess has been almost totally eradicated from
history.
Europe has committed a most heinous crime against not only our Afrikan family but ALL OF MANKIND by denying us the facts around our human evolution and the true origins of our civilisations.
As a member of the board at Newcastle Philosophical Society, I am used to fighting the same battles iver and over to get my colleagues to remember the important role Philosophy played in creating a false narrative from which MOST people in the planet STILL judge the Afrikan People.
Slavery never was the sum total of our history, and those Pyramids DID NOT build themselves, so it follows that a people with such advanced technological powers would also be able to "think about thinking" and could have created what we know today as Philosophy (the love of wisdom), but not only did they hide that from us at school in UK and all of its colonies, but throughout civil society we celebrate Great "White" thinkers and Heroes yet NOTHING is said about their Afrikan teachers and mentors through history!
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION Seeing thtough the Conteptual Languages of Others
3
AKAN AND EUROAMERICAN CONCEPTS OF THE PERSON
21
TRUTH AND AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
35
AN OUTLINE OF A THEORY OF DESTINY
51
PERSONAL IDENTITY IN AFRICAN METAPHYSICS
69
THE CONCEPT OF THE PERSON IN LUO MODES OF THOUGHT
84
PHYSICAL AND METAPHYSICAL UNDERSTANDING Nature Agency and Causation in African Traditional Thought
107
WITCHCRAFT SCIENCE AND THE PARANORMAL IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY
136
UNDERSTANDING AND ONTOLOGY IN TRADITIONAL AFRICAN THOUGHT
158
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF EPISTEMOLOGICAL AND METAPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVES IN AFRICAN PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT
179
INDEX OF NAMES
187
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
189
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Lee Brown is Professor of Philosophy at Howard University.

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