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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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Index A African philosophy, competing camps on, 1, 12–13 African Philosophy in Search of Identity (Masolo), 1, 19 African Religions and Philosophy (Mbiti), 17, 80, 97 African state, evolution of, 58–59 African talk of God, 131–48 overview, 131–32 African Gods explained, 136–40 crux of problem, 145–46 Gbadegesin’s case assessed, 141–44 God as ultimate cause, 140–41 languages inhibit true accounting of, 146–48 nature of God, 134–36 preliminary observations, 133–34 “African Traditional Thought and Western Science” (Horton), 17 Akan, the attitudes, on personhood, 96, 103, 104, 113 circle of religion, 118–19 Supreme Being of, 141–42, 143–44 worldview of, 21–22 Amo, Anton-Wilhem, 4 Anaximander, 34, 83 Anaximenes, 83 animal sacrifice appeasing spirits by, 68, 79, 135–36 justification for, 13–14, 29 as response to their God, 139 Apostel, Leo, 11–12 Appiah, Anthony, 8–9, 10, 25 Aristotle, 29, 37, 42, 157n32 autonomy, personal, 118 B Bantu folk thought community and, 56–58 dualistic view of human and, 65 force and, 46–47, 49–50, 52–55 God and, 46, 48–49, 54, 58, 64, 78 Kagame’s disagreement with Tempels, 50–52, 91 metaphysical dimension of, 83–84 moral system and, 55–56 sense of kinship and, 54 interior_WrehWilson 167 1/30/12 9:43 PM 168 Beginning African Philosophy: The Case for African Philosophy Past to Present spirituality and, 52–53, 66 symbolism and, 57–58 Tempels’ appraisal of, 62 See also symbolism; Tempels, Placide; Tempels’ project...

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