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The Question of African Philosophy

Philosophy 56 (216):161 - 179 (1981)

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  1. Philosophic Sagacity and Intercultural Philosophy: Beyond Odera Oruka.Pius Mosima - 2011 - Leiden, Netherlands: African Studies Centre.
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  • Echoes From the Great Divide: On the Faltering Philosophical Dialogue Between Africa and the West.Peter Abspoel - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
    Even in the field of comparative or cross-cultural philosophy, distinctive contributions by African philosophers are often side-lined – that is, relegated to niche publications. Why is it so hard for African philosophers to draw their Western colleagues into a real dialogue? An attempt is made to describe the field of tension; it is shown that some of the reflexes that manifest themselves in it reveal not just the attachment to specific perspectives or frames of reference, but also implicit ideas about (...)
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  • Logical Positivism, Analytic Method, and Criticisms of Ethnophilosophy.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2004 - Metaphilosophy 35 (4):479-503.
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  • Problematising Western Philosophy as One Part of Africanising the Curriculum.Lucy Allais - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):537-545.
    This paper argues that one part of the picture of thinking about decolonising the philosophy curriculum should include problematising the notion of Western philosophy. I argue that there are many problems with the idea of Western philosophy, and with the idea that decolonising the curriculum should involve rejecting so-called Western philosophy. Doing this could include granting the West a false narrative about its origins, influences and interactions, perpetuating exclusions within contemporary and recent North American and European philosophy, perpetuating exclusions and (...)
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  • The Problem of Gerontocracy in Africa: The Yorùbá Perspective as Illustrated in the Ifá Corpus.Omotade Adegbindin - 2011 - Human Affairs 21 (4):454-469.
    In the field of African philosophy, there exists the belief among the modernists or professional philosophers that gerontocracy is coterminous with authoritarian traditions in traditional Africa which, supposedly, are responsible for the lack of sustained curiosity to look at issues from different perspectives. Drawing from the Ifá literary corpus as a store-house for Yorùbá philosophy, I argue in this paper that gerontocracy in Africa does not construe the idea that the elderly in Africa are rigid in thoughts or have immutable (...)
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  • The African Philosophy Reader: A Text with Readings.P. H. Coetzee & A. P. J. Roux (eds.) - 1998 - London: Routledge.
    Divided into eight sections, each with introductory essays, the selections offer rich and detailed insights into a diverse multinational philosophical landscape. Revealed in this pathbreaking work is the way in which traditional philosophical issues related to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, for instance, take on specific forms in Africa's postcolonial struggles. Much of its moral, political, and social philosophy is concerned with the turbulent processes of embracing modern identities while protecting ancient cultures.
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  • The Importance of Wonder in Human Flourishing.Jan B. W. Pedersen - 2020 - Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing: Theoretical, Emperical and Practical Perspectives.
    This paper focuses on the importance of wonder in human flourishing and is orientated towards the dynamics between the two, but with an emphasis on how the former is important for illuminating the latter. It begins with a preliminary sketch of both wonder and human flourishing and subsequently moves on to highlight three aspects of human flourishing: 1) ‘Individuality’, 2) ‘Relations’ and 3) ‘The political’, and why these play to wonderment.
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  • Textures of African Thought: Analyticity and Apologia.Sanya Osha - 2012 - Diogenes 59 (3-4):149-167.
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  • “I Am the Gracious Goddess”: Wiccan Analytic Theology.Jonathan Hill - 2020 - Journal of Analytic Theology 8 (1):152-177.
    To date, the theology and practices of modern pagan religions have not been critically studied using the methods of analytic theology. I discuss some of the challenges presented by these religions for the analytic theologian, and present a possible methodology to address these challenges, based on interview. I then use this methodology to examine the Wiccan practice of “Drawing Down the Moon”, comparing it in particular to the Christian doctrine of incarnation, and considering its philosophical implications.
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  • The Prospects of the Method of Wide Reflective Equilibrium in Contemporary African Epistemology.Paul O. Irikefe - 2021 - South African Journal of Philosophy 40 (1):64-74.
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  • Contemporary African Philosophy: The Search for a Method.Lansana Keita - 1985 - Diogenes 33 (130):105-128.
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  • African Philosophy and the Method of Ordinary Language Philosophy.Fasiku Gbenga - 2008 - Journal of Pan African Studies 2 (3):100-116.
    One of the vibrant topics of debate among African and non-African scholars in the 20th and 21st centuries centered on the existence of African philosophy. This debate has been described as unnecessary. What is necessary is, if African philosophy exists, we should show it, do it and write it rather than talking about it, or engaging in endless talks about it. A popular position on the debate is that what is expected to be shown, done and written is philosophy tailored (...)
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  • Defining Ubuntu for Business Ethics – a Deontological Approach.Douglas F. P. Taylor - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):331-345.
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  • A Redescriptive History of Humanism and Hermeneutics in African Philosophy.Oladapo Jimoh Balogun - 2013 - Open Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):105.
    The aim of this paper is to contribute to the on-going debate about self-redescription in the history of African philosophy using the method and theory of redescription. This method and theory of redescription has become the deep concern of not only Western philosophers but of many African philosophers which is markedly present in their agitated pursuits of wisdom. This self-redescription is always resiliently presented in the works of Kwasi Wiredu, Kwame Appiah, Gyekye Kwame, Olusegun Oladipo, Wole Soyinka, Sophie Oluwole, Jim (...)
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  • African Sage Philosophy.Dismas Masolo - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  • Rorty's Neopragmatism and the Imperative of the Discourse of African Epistemology.Amaechi Udefi - 2009 - Human Affairs 19 (1).
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  • The Principle of Affirmation: An Ontological and Epistemological Ground of Interculturality.S. Djunatan - unknown
    I would like to begin my thesis with a general overview of a book on African sage philosophy (1990) written by the prominent African philosopher Henry Odera Oruka (1944-1995), My reading of this book on philosophic sagacity needs to be equipped by two underlying backgrounds of philosophic sagacity. The first background is a perspective of the intercultural philosophy. The second one explains of philosophic sagacity in the African setting.
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  • The Crisis of Identity in Africa: A Call for Subjectivity.Thomas Kochalumchuvattil - 2010 - Kritike 4 (1):108-122.
    The humanitarian problems of Africa are manifest and widespread.Periodic occurrences of ethnic cleansing as seen in Rwanda, the ongoing conflict in Darfur-Sudan, the breakdown of democracy under thedictatorship of President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the outbreak of postelection violence in Kenya, the widespread growth of HIV/AIDS andoverwhelming endemic poverty are by no means isolated examples of thetragedies which continue to plague the continent. These and similar issues have become the subject of intense philosophical debate and reflection. This contribution to the (...)
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  • Africa, Poverty and Forces of Change: A Holistic Approach to Perceiving and Addressing Poverty in Africa.Eegunlusi Tayo Raymond Ezekiel - 2016 - Open Journal of Philosophy 6 (4):368-391.
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  • Teaching Ancient African Philosophy.Ademola Kazeem Fayemi - 2019 - South African Journal of Philosophy 38 (3):245-262.
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  • Narrative in African Philosophy.Richard H. Bell - 1989 - Philosophy 64 (249):363 - 379.
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  • The Analytic Appeal of African Philosophy.Jason van Niekerk - 2015 - South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (4):516-525.
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  • On Africanising the Philosophy Curricula: Challenges and Prospects.John Mweshi - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):460-470.
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