This publication is a continuation of two earlier series of chroni- cles, Philosophy of the Mid-Century (Firenze 1958/59) and Con- temporary Philosophy (Firenze 1968), edited by Raymond Klibansky. Like the other series, these chronicles provide a survey of significant trends in contemporary philosophical discussion from 1970 to 1985. The need for such surveys has, I believe, increased rather than decreased over the last years. The philosophical scene appears, for various reasons, more complex than ever before. The continuing process of specialization in most branches, the emergence of new schools of thought, the convergence of interest (thought not neces- sarily of opinion) of different traditions upon certain problems, the increasing attention being paid to the history of philosophy in discussions of contemporary problems, and the growing signifi- cance for philosophical discourse of the social, political and cul- tural situation in various regions of the world are the most impor- tant contributory factors.
Surveys of the present kind are a valu- able source of knowledge of this complexity and may as such be an assistance in renewing the understanding of one's own philo- sophical problems. The surveys, it is to be hoped, may also help to strengthen a world-wide Socratic element of modern philosophy, the dialogue or Kommunikationsgemeinschaft. So far, five volumes have been prepared for the new series.
Contents/Table des matieres.- African 'Philosophy': Deconstructive and reconstructive challenges.- African Philosophy: A brief personal history and current debate.- African philosophy in context: A reply to Hountondji's 'Que Peut la Philosophie'.- Myths, symbols and other life-worlds: The limits of empiricism.- The philosophical significance of Bantu nomenclature: A shot at contemporary African philosophy.- The concept of mind with particular reference to the language and thought of the Akans.- Alexis Kagame and Afican socio-linguistics.- Old Gods, new worlds: Some recent work in the philosophy of African traditional religion.- The idea of art in African thought.- Rationalism in the contemporary Arab world.- African philosophy: Its proto-history and future history.- Index of names.- Index of subjects.
Series: Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey : Book 5
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 31st August 1987
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 1.41