African Philosophy: New and Traditional Perspectives

Paperback | December 9, 2004

EditorLee M. Brown

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In the last two decades the idea of African Philosophy has undergone significant change and scrutiny. Some critics have maintained that the idea of a system of philosophical thought tied to African traditions is incoherent. In African Philosophy Lee Brown has collected new essays by topscholars in the field that in various ways respond to these criticisms and defend the notion of African Philosophy. The essays address both epistemological and metaphysical issues that are specific to the traditional conceptual languages of sub-Saharan Africa. The primary focus of the collection is on traditional African conceptions of topics like mind, person, personal identity, truth, knowledge, understanding,objectivity, destiny, free will, causation, and reality. The contributors--who include Leke Adeofe, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lee Brown, Segun Gbadegesin, D.A. Masolo, Albert Mosley, Ifeanyi Menkiti, and Kwasi Wiredu--incorporate concerns from various African philosophical traditions, including Akan,Azande, Bokis, Igno, Luo, and Yoruba. African Philosophy ultimately tries to bring a more rigorous conception of African philosophy into fruitful contact with Western philosophical concerns, specifically in the philosophies of psychology, mind, science, and language, as well as in metaphysics and epistemology. It will appeal to bothscholars and students.

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In the last two decades the idea of African Philosophy has undergone significant change and scrutiny. Some critics have maintained that the idea of a system of philosophical thought tied to African traditions is incoherent. In African Philosophy Lee Brown has collected new essays by topscholars in the field that in various ways respond...

Lee Brown is Professor of Philosophy at Howard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:December 9, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195114418

ISBN - 13:9780195114416

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Contributors1. Introduction: Seeing through the Conceptual Languages of Others2. K. Anthony Appiah: Akan and Euro-American Concepts of the Person3. Kwasi Wiredu: Truth and an African Language4. Segun Gbadegesin: An Outline of a Theory of Destiny5. Leke Adeofe: Personal Identity in African Metaphysics6. D. A. Masolo: The Concept of the Person in Luo Modes of Thought7. I. A. Menkiti: Physical and Metaphysical Understanding: Nature, Agency, and Causation in African Traditional Thought8. Albert Mosley: Witchcraft, Science, and the Paranormal in Contemporary African Philosophy9. Lee M. Brown: Understanding and Ontology in Traditional African ThoughtSelected Bibliography of Epistemological and Metaphysical Perspectives in African Philosophical ThoughtIndex of NamesIndex of Subjects

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"This anthology is one of a kind in the growing literature in African philosophy: it is a breath of fresh air."--African American Review