African Philosophy in Search of Identity

African Philosophy in Search of Identity

D. A. Masolo
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/1994
Format: paper 0 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20775-3
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“ . . . a great read. It is masterfully presented, and is an ideal text both for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.” —International Journal of African Historical Studies

“ . . . a detailed, critical guide to fifty years of African philosophy . . . ” —Teaching Philosophy

“Masolo offers an expansive and lucidly panoramic view of the origin and developments in African philosophy.” —Africa Today

“The excellence of this book lies in the wealth of perspectives that it brings to the discussion on what constitutes philosophy, rationality, and meaningful reflection. It is both thought provoking and illuminating.” —Ethics

A Kenyan philosopher surveys themes and debates in African philosophy over the last five decades. Masolo’s purview includes Francophone and Anglophone philosophers in both the analytic and phenomenological traditions.

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D. A. MASOLO is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Antioch College and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Nairobi.

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Table of Contents


1. Logocentrism and Emotivism: Two Systems in Struggle for Control of Identity

2. Tempels and the Setting of Ethnophilosophy
3. Systematic Ethnophilosophy
4. Language and Reality
5. Cultures Without Time? Mbiti’s Religious Ethnology
6. Mysticism, Science, Philosophy, and Rationality: The Analytic Point of View
7. Excavating Africa in Western Discourse
8. “Tradition” and “Modernity”: The Role of Reason

Conclusion: Experience and African Philosophy