Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience

Paperback | May 1, 1997

byKwame Gyekye

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In this important and pioneering book, Kwame Gyekye examines postcolonial African experience from a viewpoint receptive to aspects of both traditional African cultures and Western political and moral theory. African people, in their attempt to evolve ways of life compatible with anincreasingly globalized world cultural, intellectual, and political scene, face a number of unique societal challenges, some stemming, Gyekye argues, from traditional African values and practices, others representing the legacy of European colonialism. Enlisting Western political and philosophicconcepts to clear, comparative advantage, Gyekye addresses a wide range of concrete problems afflicting postcolonial African states, such as ethnicity and nation- building, the relationship of tradition to modernity, the relationship of the nation-state to community, the nature of politicalauthority and political legitimation, political corruption, and the threat to traditional moral and social values, practices, and institutions in the wake of rapid social change. With striking flexibility and rare insight, Gyekye assesses the value of both traditional and non-African cultural components for the future of African societies and proposes alternative social and political models capable of forging a modernity appropriate for Africa. The resulting book, Traditionand Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience, is a brilliant new contribution to postcolonial theory and will be of deep interest to scholars of political and moral philosophy, cultural studies, and African philosophy and politics, and to anyone else concerned with the effortsof non-Western societies to properly modernize.

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Gyekye addresses a wide range of concrete problems afflicting postcolonial African states, such as ethnicity and nation-building, the relationship of tradition to modernity, the relationship of the nation-state to community, the nature of political authority and political legitimation, political corruption, and the treat to traditional...

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In this important and pioneering book, Kwame Gyekye examines postcolonial African experience from a viewpoint receptive to aspects of both traditional African cultures and Western political and moral theory. African people, in their attempt to evolve ways of life compatible with anincreasingly globalized world cultural, intellectual, a...

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Gyekye addresses a wide range of concrete problems afflicting postcolonial African states, such as ethnicity and nation-building, the relationship of tradition to modernity, the relationship of the nation-state to community, the nature of political authority and political legitimation, political corruption, and the treat to traditional...

Kwame Gyekye is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ghana. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, specializing in Greco-Arabic philosophy, and has been a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution as well as a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Penn...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Gyekye addresses a wide range of concrete problems afflicting postcolonial African states, such as ethnicity and nation-building, the relationship of tradition to modernity, the relationship of the nation-state to community, the nature of political authority and political legitimation, political corruption, and the treat to traditional moral and social values, practices, and institutions in the wake of rapid social change.

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"An excellent text [and] ueful in a variety of courses. [It] combines traditional African ideas with modern concepts very effectively."--Dennis Brutus, University of Pittsburgh