A Companion to African Philosophy by Kwasi Wiredu

By Kwasi Wiredu

This quantity of newly commissioned essays presents finished assurance of African philosophy, ranging throughout disciplines and in the course of the a while.

  • Offers a particular ancient therapy of African philosophy.
  • Covers all of the major branches of philosophy as addressed within the African culture.
  • Includes money owed of pre-colonial African philosophy and modern political thought.

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The Question of Violence A question that exercised the philosopher kings a great deal was the question of violence. If anything, it is now of a more grievous urgency than before. Previously, this question arose in two connections. First, those cognizant of the Marxist doctrine of the class struggle as a mode of struggle for socialism were moved to consider whether that mode of struggle was necessary in the conditions of Africa. Mixed feelings were apparent. Second, the question of the legitimacy of violence arose in regard to the struggle for independence from colonialism and also for liberation from white-settler minority rule in Africa.

In truth, any contemporary African philosopher or, indeed, any teacher or researcher in African philosophy, because of the historically engendered cultural duality noted above, is a walking refutation of relativism. The notion of the cross-cultural evaluation of thought implies the universality, at some levels, of some canons of thought. Such an idea is nothing short of anathema to many traditionalists, for they are apt to suspect that African philosophy might thereby become subordinated to Western philosophy.

African American Perspectives on Biomedical Ethics (Georgetown University Press). ), Person and Community: Ghanaian Philosophical Studies, I (Washington, DC: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy). Wiredu, Kwasi (1993) ‘‘Canons of Conceptualization,’’ The Monist, 76(4). Wiredu, Kwasi (1995) ‘‘Knowledge, Truth and Fallibility,’’ in I. Kucuradi and R. S. ), The Concept of Knowledge (Boston: Kluwer Academic). Wiredu, Kwasi (1996a) Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press).

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