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Philosophy and an African Culture - Kwasi Wiredu

Philosophy and an African Culture

Paperback Published: 9th June 1980
ISBN: 9780521296472
Number Of Pages: 256

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What can philosophy contribute to African culture? What can it draw from it? Could there be a truly African philosophy that goes beyond traditional folk thought? Kwasi Wiredu tries in these essays to define and demonstrate a role for contemporary African philosophers which is distinctive but by no means parochial. He shows how they can assimilate the advances of analytical philosophy and apply them to the general social and intellectual changes associated with "modernisation" and the transition to new national identities. But we see too how they can exploit traditional resources and test the assumptions of Western philosophy against the intimations of their own language and culture. The volume as a whole presents some of the best non-technical work of a distinguished African philosopher, of importance equally to professional philosophers and to those with a more general interest in contemporary African thought and culture.

Philosophy and an African culture
On an African orientation in philosophy
How not to compare African traditional thought with Western thought
What can philosophy do for Africa?
Marxism, philosophy and ideology
In praise of utopianism
Philosophy, mysticism and rationality
Truth as opinion
To be is to be known
What is philosophy?
In defence of opinion
Truth: a dialogue
Origins of the essays
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ISBN: 9780521296472
ISBN-10: 0521296471
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th June 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.33

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