Africa's Quest for A Philosophy of Decolonization

Africa's Quest for A Philosophy of Decolonization

eBook - 2004
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Kebede's (philosophy, U. of Dayton, Ohio) central theme is the African philosophical school known as ethnophilosophy, and to those who object that African philosophy is not reducible to ethnophilosophy, he argues that even those schools opposing it take its principles as their foundation, so it remains established. As is customary, he contrasts the two main trends: the school of ethnophilosophy represented primarily by Placide Tempels, John S. Mbiti, and the thinkers of negritude; with the so-called professional philosophers represented by Pauline Hountondjii and Marcien Towa. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
This book discovers freedom in the colonial idea of African primitiveness. As human transcendence, freedom escapes the drawbacks of otherness, as defended by ethnophilosophy, while exposing the idiosyncratic inspiration of Eurocentric universalism. Decolonization calls for the reconnection with freedom, that is, with myth-making understood as the inaugural act of cultural pluralism. The cultural condition of modernization emerges when the return to the past deploys the future.

Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2004
ISBN: 9781417564385
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 256 pages)


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