Western and african philosophy

On these socially constructive historical groundings rest several key heuristic presumptions that are central to Africana philosophy as a metaphilosophical concept for organizing intellectual praxes. He thought that this view was exemplified in its most eloquent and strongest form by Peter Bodunrin.

Unlike Greek sages who used reason, African sages do not engage in philosophic thought. Yet critics have found it convenient to identify their discourse with ethnophilosophy from literary angle thereby denigrating it as sub-standard. It thus can only succeed in making the task of improving the condition of man in Africa a daunting one.

Beyond this modest line, no other reconstructionist crusader of the time actually went beyond deconstruction and problem identification. He adds that these six zones are dualistic and comprise of the earthly and the spiritual.

Western philosophy

For whatever one writes which is effectively free from ethnophilosophy is either contained in Western discourse or in the very least proceeds from its logic. On the whole, this method points to the idea of relationships among interdependent, interrelated and interconnected realities existing in a network whose peculiar truth conditions can more accurately and broadly be determined within specific contexts.

He subsumes African philosophy in African religion on the assumption that African peoples do not know how to exist without religion. Socrates asks primary questions upon which the exposition of ideas by his interlocutor is based.

Africana Philosophy

And as has already been pointed out, the result of this dishonesty had been the creation of an enormous world opinion; that the African continent has made no contribution to civilization, because her people are backward and low in intelligence and culture…This erroneous opinion about the Black people has seriously injured them through the centuries up to modern times in which it appears to have reached a climax in the history of human relations.

University of Nebraska Press, A discourse on French colonial policies. One, the traumas of the radical dislocations experienced by the millions of persons kidnapped and purchased into relocation to enslavement through terrifying transport across thousands of miles of ocean during which many thousands died.

He, or she, may explain such beliefs and values with great detail and may even expound on the relation between the mythical representations and the lessons in and for society that they are intended to illustrate.

Indeed, in ancient times, the word "philosophy" was used to mean ALL intellectual endeavors, and, as late as the 17th Century, the natural sciences physics, astronomy, biology were still referred to as branches of "natural philosophy".

The first problem though, is that he did not supply the yardstick for determining what is to be admitted and what must be left out of the corpus of African tradition. But how is this to be effectively justified? If it is already contained in Western narrative or proceeds from its logic, what then makes it African?

Is the problem of the language of African philosophy pregnant? All these theories speak to the method of conversational philosophy.

What counts as Sage Philosophy? However, Afro-Eclecticism is not without problems. Freedom and Socialism and Ujamaa: The movements were also contributing to progressive transformations of these regimes that helped to open them to substantive measures of real freedom and justice not only for persons and peoples African and of African descent, but for other persons and peoples of color and, even, for women of European descent.

More than a few African and African-descendant persons would engage in concerted intellectual and practical actions directed against the enterprise of enslavement in all of its forms.

The summary of these two positions, which represent the colonial mindset, is that Africans have no dignified identity like their European counterpart.

Abstract – African philosophy in comparison with Western philosophy

The movements were also contributing to progressive transformations of these regimes that helped to open them to substantive measures of real freedom and justice not only for persons and peoples African and of African descent, but for other persons and peoples of color and, even, for women of European descent.

This system is forged from the traditional, communal structure of African society, a view strongly projected by Mbiti. Would conversations in contemporary African philosophy totally eschew perverse dialogue?In general, this website is limited to a discussion of Western Philosophy, although a brief overview of Eastern Philosophy and African Philosophy are also provided.

Over the centuries, Western Philosophy has strongly influenced and been influenced by Western religion, science, mathematics and politics.

According to this school, African philosophy is the philosophy done by African philosophers whether it be in the area of logic, metaphysics, ethics, or history of philosophy.

It is desirable that the works be set in some African context, but it is not necessary that they be so.

Africana Philosophy

African philosophy, for him, must be done in the same frame as Western philosophy, including its principles, methodologies, methods and all. K. C. Anyanwu again admitted that Western philosophy is one of the challenges facing African philosophy but that only calls for systematization of African philosophy not its decimation.

African philosophy is philosophy produced by African people, philosophy that presents African worldviews, or philosophy that uses distinct African philosophical methods. African philosophers may be found in the various academic fields of philosophy, such as metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.

Western philosophy, history of Western philosophy from its development among the ancient Greeks to the present.

History of African Philosophy

This article has three basic purposes: (1) to provide an overview of the history of philosophy in the West, (2) to relate philosophical ideas and movements to their historical background and to the cultural history of their time, and (3) to trace the changing conception of the.

“Africana philosophy” is the name for an emergent and still developing field of ideas and idea-spaces, intellectual endeavors, discourses, and discursive networks within and beyond academic philosophy that was recognized as such by national and international organizations of professional philosophers, including the American Philosophical Association, starting in the s.

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