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African Philosophy : Myth and Reality (2ND 96 Edition)

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"Hountondji... writes not as an 'African' philosopher but as a philosopher on Africa.... Hountondji's deep understanding of any civilization as necessarily pluralistic, and often even self-contradicting as it evolves, is simply magisterial.... This is a precious gem of a book for anyone who wishes to reflect on civilization and culture." --Choice

In this incisive, original exploration of the nature and future of African philosophy, Paulin J. Hountondji attacks a myth popularized by ethnophilosophers such as Placide Tempels and Alexis Kagame that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy separate and distinct from the Western philosophical tradition. Hountondji contends that ideological manifestations of this view that stress the uniqueness of the African experience are protonationalist reactions against colonialism conducted, paradoxically, in the terms of colonialist discourse. Hountondji argues that a genuine African philosophy must assimilate and transcend the theoretical heritage of Western philosophy and must reflect a rigorous process of independent scientific inquiry. This edition is updated with a new preface in which Hountondji responds to his critics and clarifies misunderstandings about the book's conceptual framework.

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In this seminal exploration of the nature and future of African philosophy, Paulin J. Hountondji attacks a myth popularized by ethnophilosophers such as Placide Temples and Alexis Kagame that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy, separate and distinct from the Western philosophical tradition. Hountondji contends that ideological manifestations of this view that stress the uniqueness of the African experience are protonationalist reactions against colonialism conducted, paradoxically, in the terms of colonialist discourse.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [184]-217) and index.

About the Author

Paulin J. Hountondji is Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Benin, Cotonou. He is editor of and contributor to Philosophical Research in Africa: A Bibliographic Survey and Endogenous Knowledge: Research Trails. Hountondji is former Minister of Culture and Communication and Special Advisor to the Head of State of Benin.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition

Introduction by Abiola Irele

Part One: Arguments

1. An alienated literature

2. History of a myth

3. African philosophy, myth, and reality

4. Philosophy and its revolutions

Part Two: Analyses

5. An African philosopher in Germany in the eighteenth century: Anton-Wilhelm Amo

6. The end of 'Nkrumaism' and the (re)birth of Nkrumah

7. The idea of philosophy in Nkrumah's Consciencism

8. True and false pluralism

Postscript

Notes and references

Index

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sydneyfrancis4edu, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by sydneyfrancis4edu)
Quite interesting. African philosophy is not just the culture or tradition of the African people. otherwise, it will be ethnophilosophy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253210968
Introduction:
Irele, Abiola
Introduction:
Irele, Abiola
Introduction by:
Irele, Abiola
Introduction:
Irele, Abiola
Author:
Hountondji, Paulin J.
Author:
Irele, Abiola
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, Ind. :
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy, african
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Philosophy
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2nd ed.
Series:
African Systems of Thought
Series Volume:
162
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
69 bandw illus.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 in

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In this seminal exploration of the nature and future of African philosophy, Paulin J. Hountondji attacks a myth popularized by ethnophilosophers such as Placide Temples and Alexis Kagame that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy, separate and distinct from the Western philosophical tradition. Hountondji contends that ideological manifestations of this view that stress the uniqueness of the African experience are protonationalist reactions against colonialism conducted, paradoxically, in the terms of colonialist discourse.
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