Philosophy in Culture: A Cross-Cultural Perspective by Mbih J. TosamPhilosophy in Culture: A Cross-Cultural Perspective by Mbih J. Tosam

Philosophy in Culture: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

EditorMbih J. Tosam, Peter Takov

Paperback | September 13, 2016

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This book explores the symbiotic relationship between philosophy and culture. Every philosophy emerges as a reaction to, or as justification for a particular culture and it is for this reason that philosophy may differ from one culture to another. It argues that philosophy is an essential part of every culture. Philosophy is the means by which every culture provides itself with justification for its values, beliefs and worldview and also serves as a catalyst for progress. Philosophy critically questions and confronts established beliefs, customs, practices, and institutions of a society. As reflective critical thinking, philosophy is linked to a way of life; a form of enquiry intended to guide behaviour; a form of thinking that sharpens and broadens our intellectual horizon, scrutinizes our assumptions, and clarifies the beliefs and values by which we live. Philosophy helps to liberate the individual from the imprisonment of ignorance, prejudice, superstition, narrow-mindedness, and the despotism of custom. Culture constitutes the raw data, the laboratory from which philosophers do their analytic experimentation. Culture is considered as philosophy of the first order activity. The book maintains that any genuine global philosophy must include philosophical traditions from all cultures and regions of the world, as it is by seeking alternative philosophical answers to some of the thorniest problems facing humanity that we are most likely to find more lasting solutions to some global problems. In this commitment to a universal humanity, we cannot afford to depend on solutions from a single culture or from the most influential cultures.

Mbih J. Tosam holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Yaounde I. He is currently Chair of Philosophy at the Higher Teacher Training College (HTTC) Bambili, The University of Bamenda, Cameroon.Peter Takov holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy. He is currently Chair of Philosophy at the St. ...
Title:Philosophy in Culture: A Cross-Cultural PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.79 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9956763667

ISBN - 13:9789956763665


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Role of Philosophy in CultureChapter 2. Human Existence and Destiny In The Culture of Secularism -Rethinking Traditional Cultural ValuesChapter 3. The Theocentric and Anthropocentric Foundations of African EthicsChapter 4. Culture/Culture Divide: An Interrogation Of Politics, Identity and Culture Towards Transcending the Multiculturalism ConundrumChapter 5. Multicultural Education as the Basis for Education for Peace and Good Citizenship In CameroonChapter 6. African Culture and African Philosophy of EducationChapter 7. The Reality of Secularism in Africa And Its Effects on Some African Cultural Values Chapter 8. Secularism in the Post-Colonial Cameroon State: A Historical CritiqueChapter 9. The Philosophy and Politics of Identity: Spinoza's Regional Anthropology Chapter 10. Being a Woman in African Culture: How Culture Shapes and Defines The Status of WomenChapter 11. The Phenomenon of Cultural And National StereotypesChapter 12. Hard-Wired Homosexuality: Towards Excoriating Some Contemporary Justifications For Same-Sex MarriagesChapter 13. Anthropocentric Poetics And The Deconstruction of the God/Man Binary: Humanist Connectives in the Poetry Of Thomas Hardy and Robert Graves