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Kwasi Wiredu: Philosophy and an African culture. xiv, pp. Cambridge, etc.: Cambridge University Press, – Volume 45 Issue 2. Pfubsophy and an African Culture. By Kwasi Wiredu. Cambridge University Press , , xiv + pp., £ Is philosophy ‘culture bound’, or is there, if not a. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Philosophy and An African Culture | Part I: 1. Philosophy and On an African orientation in philosophy 3. Kwasi Wiredu.

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An African Journal of PhilosophyVol. Universals and Particulars of Wiredu On this important formulation of his he states: The Other is always there to present the criteria by which self-identity is adjudged either favourably or unfavourably.

It was consensual because, at least, as a rule, that consent was negotiated on the principle of consensus. This is the distinction that arfican between an oral culture and a textual one. A person with philosophical training can readily learn to do the same in sfrican field.

It is therefore appropriate to proceed gradually, traversing the problematic interfaces between various languages in search of satisfactory structures of meaning.

Significances of African Philosophy in Africa The relevance of Philosophy to progress in Africa as pictured by Kwasi Wiredu can be digested basing on the applicability of Philosophy in general.

According to Wiredu the Akan word nokware translates the English truthfulness, rather than truth and its opposite nkontompo which translates lies instead of falsity in English language. First, and most intuitive to Western conceptions of persons, is the ontological dimension. In a way, in fact the contemporary discourses of endism that draw from the spirit of neoliberal triumphalism, without acknowledging it, are greatly indebted to Marxism and the more constructive critiques of it.

Wiredu does not contemplate the implications of this kind of indictment in his formulations of an approach to African philosophy. Trends and PerspectivesIle-Ife: On Traditional African Consensual Rationality. Modernization, for him, is based on an uncomplicated pragmatism that owes much to Deweyan thought.


His first major book, Philosophy and an African Culture is truly remarkable for its eclectic range of interests. A Model of Moral Analysis and Construction. Ochieng’-Odhiambo – – Peter Lang. Cultural Universals and Particulars: Ngugi wa Thiongo advocates cultural and linguistic decolonization on a global scale and his theory has undergone very little transformation since its formulation in the s. Let’s say hypothetically an African was born and raised in China.

This then designates a person to become a person. Kwasi Wiredu – – Indiana University Press. In this light, it would appear that African philosophy has been, at certain moments, limited in defining the horizons of the debate when compared with the achievements of academic specialties such as literature, postcolonial theory and cultural studies. Philosophical tradition must be determined in line with a predominant theme such as British philosophy, which is seen as empiricism, American philosophy which is seen as pragmatism, French as rationalism, German as idealism, Russian as materialism, Indian as spiritualism and Chinese as humanism.

In addition, there is essentially a latent desire for epistemic violence, as well as difficulties concerning the negotiation of linguistic divides.

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Wiredu argues that Marx and Engels are unclear about their employment of the concept of ideology: Not only will they naturally philosophise in that language, but also shape their life around that language.

It is interesting to see how Wiredu weaves together these different preoccupations and kwasii to observe how some of them have endured while others have not. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sign in Create an account. Selected Essays and Interviews.

Mary Jo ArnoldiChristraud M. Early Beginnings Kwasi Wiredu was born in in Ghana and had his first exposure to philosophy quite early in life. African philosophy has its orientation in communalism, as kwsi from Western philosophy which is individualistic in outlook.


It was indeed a program of violence in more senses than one.

Diop, Cheikh, Anta, This is not to say that Fanon had no plan for the project of decolonization in the intellectual sphere. Michel de Certeau has demonstrated these so-called inconsequential acts become philospphy as gestures of resistance for the benefit of the weak and politically powerless.

Philosophy and African Culture

Science Logic and Mathematics. However, Paul Gilroy has unearthed a more sympathetic context in which to read and situate Senghorian thought.

Our traditional culture was somewhat wanting in this respect and this is largely responsible for the weaknesses of traditional technology, warfare, architecture, medicine ….

Projection of Sound Methods of Research and Analysis Philosophy in education has nothing to culturw than its contribution to one’s capacity to frame hypotheses, do research, and put problems into manageable form. Munyaradzi Felix Murove ed. Retrieved 16 July Consequently, the epistemological resources by wiiredu it can be apprehended as a concept, ideology, or process are multiple and diverse. Marxist theory and discourse generally provided many African intellectuals with a platform on which to conduct many sociopolitical struggles.

Philosophy and an African Culture

Abstract Kwasi Wiredu is one of the foremost African philosopher and intellectual in the field. Van Markmann New York: In addition, the theoretical space made available for its articulation is derived from the same Western-donated pool of unanimism.

What can philosophy contribute to African culture?