By Kwasi Wiredu
This quantity of newly commissioned essays offers accomplished assurance of African philosophy, ranging throughout disciplines and in the course of the a long time.
- Offers a particular ancient therapy of African philosophy.
- Covers the entire major branches of philosophy as addressed within the African culture.
- Includes debts of pre-colonial African philosophy and modern political thought.
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Extra info for A Companion to African Philosophy
Abraham and Kwasi Wiredu (chapters 11 and 12), is somewhat like St Augustine, but, if anything, closer to home. Born in Axim, Ghana, he was raised in Germany and academically trained there. He was productive philosophically within the traditions of German philosophy operative at his time. But his commitment to Africa was explicit and repeated. He returned to Ghana and remained there until the end of his days. His work invites African exploration. By comparison with either Augustine or Amo, the place of Zera Yacob and Walda Heywat in African philosophy is totally unmistakable.
Nor can one forget the contributions on individual contemporary thinkers. A contribution to this volume that deserves special mention is Lucius T. Outlaw’s ‘‘Africana Philosophy: Origins and Prospects’’ (chapter 5). By Outlaw’s definition, Africana philosophy is philosophy by and in the interests of black peoples. This, evidently, encompasses both African philosophy and philosophy as cultivated by all peoples of African descent in the diaspora. ) As philosophy is an essentially collaborative enterprise, this concept should open up, in the imagination at least, vistas of cooperation between the Africans of Africa and the Africans of the diaspora.
And van Hensbroek explores the workings of the same flow of influence on the ground in Africa in the nineteenth century (1999; see also this volume, chapter 4). There is little doubt that in our own time more interchanges among all the worlds of Africana philosophy will yield, to say the least, non-trivial results. Lucius Outlaw has been responsible for much of what has been done so far in this area of endeavor. It remains to take note of the historical dimension of African philosophy. The´ophile Obenga’s authoritative chapter on ancient Egyptian philosophy (chapter 1 in this volume) is a highly informative exposition of philosophical thought in a historically all-important part of ancient Africa.
A Companion to African Philosophy by Kwasi Wiredu