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Beginning African Philosophy

The Case for African Philosophy- Past to Present

Elliott Wreh-Wilson

Beginning African Philosophy explores the nature and central features of African philosophy from the perspective of African philosophers, analyzing and assessing the importance of African philosophy, its subject matter, its major themes and concerns, and how those themes and concerns compare to those of Western philosophy. Beginning African Philosophy surveys the best-known responses to the questions: What is African philosophy? What are its central themes and concerns? What does it have in common with Western philosophy?
This book is ideal for philosophy students and those who care about the social, moral, religious, and philosophical implications of African wisdom traditions, particularly those of the sub-Saharan region.


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notes General Introduction 1. D. A. Masolo, African Philosophy in Search of Identity, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994, p. 4. 2. Ibid., p. 1. 3. Kwasi Wiredu, Volume 2, Issue 1 of African Studies Quarterly, 1998, p. 29. 4. Ibid., p. 29. 5. In Tempels’ days, it was not unusual to speak of Africans as primitive or uncivilized. 6. Benjamin C. Ray, African Religions: Symbol, Ritual and Community (2nd ed.) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000, p. 96. 7. See Paulin Hountondji, African Philosophy: Myth & Reality, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1976, Ch. 5. 8. See Tommy Lott, African-American Philosophy: Selected Readings, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002 for an introduction to African-American thought. Chapter 1 1. Franz Crahay, “La Decollage Conceptual: Conditions d’une Philosophie Bantoue,” Diogenes #52, pp. 61–64. 2. Ibid., p. 57. 3. Ibid., p. 57. 4. Anthony Appiah, Necessary Questions: An Introduction to philosophy. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1989, p. 200. interior_WrehWilson 153 1/30/12 9:43 PM 154 Beginning African Philosophy: The Case for African Philosophy Past to Present 5. Ibid., p. 201 6. Ibid., p. 201. 7. Ibid., p. 201. 8. Ibid., p. 202. 9. Ibid., p. 202. 10. Ibid., p. 207. 11. Richard Double, Metaphilosophy and Free Will. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996, p. 29–30. 12. Richard A. Wright, ed., African Philosophy: An Introduction, Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1977. 13. Ibid., p. x. 14. L. Apostel, African Philosophy: Myth or Reality? Belgium:...

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