A Philosophical Analysis of Ilo-Uwa as an Eschatological Reality: A Contrastive Study of the Igbo and Christian Eschatological Schemes

In Philip Edema & Anthony E. Okonkwo (eds.), Metaphysics Beyond Theories: Philosophical Interventions of Cultural Experience. Don Bosco Institute Publications. pp. 1-43 (2022)
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Abstract

I shall in this paper, assume three basic moments. My principal objective is to show that belief in reincarnation from the Igbo narrative is logically coherent with simultaneous subsistence in the ancestral realm. In the first, I engage the question of metaphysics from a socio-hermeneutic perspective to decipher its position as characteristically Igbo; in the second, I propose a scale of eschatology and juxtapose it with the Christian schema such that, I exploit my provision of an Igbo anthroposophy to show how a unique individual exists that is still, the reincarnation of an ancestor. In the final analysis, I demonstrate the uniqueness of the eschatological schemes of the Igbos and Christians, in an effort to interpretatively spell out their fundamental differences and apparent similarities. With this in mind, I am pledged by intellectual troth to portraying the consistence of individual haecceity and reincarnation, making use of Igbo anthroposophy as my operative argumentatory legerdemain.

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John Owen E. Adimike
Università Pontificia Salesiana

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