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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Philosophy and an African Culture Cambridge: According to Wiredu, an African philosopher, endowed with the capacity to think he or she is responsible to give a direction and a need to take the lead by 6 Cf.

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In addition, an interrogation of other borders of philosophy is required to observe the gains that might accrue to the Anglophone movement of contemporary African philosophy, which, in many ways, has reached a discursive dead-end due to its inability to surmount the intractable problematic of identity, and its endless preoccupation with the question of its origins. In the following quotation, for example, Wiredu attempts to demonstrate the significance of some of those differences: Mary Jo ArnoldiChristraud M.

In order to appreciate the conceptual and historical contexts of his work, it is necessary to possess some familiarity with relevant discourses in African studies afrifan history, anthropology, literature and postcolonial theory, particularly those advanced by Edward W. Consequently, the epistemological resources by which it can be apprehended as a concept, ideology, or process are multiple and diverse. John Murungi – – Lexington Books.

The work will highlight the effort put forward Wiredu which has lain to rest the debate as to the existence of African philosophy. One of Wiredu’s most prominent discussions revolves around the Akan concept of personhood. In his book universals and particulars, wiredu discuses about the parodox of universalim and particularism in human culture.


In particular, the disciplines of anthropology, history, political philsophy, literature and philosophy all grappled with the practical and academic challenges inherent to decolonization. African Philosophy and the Decolonisation of Education in Africa: This is not to assert that decolonization always has to avail itself of indigenous procedures, but the very concept of decolonization is in fact concerned with breaking away from imperial structures of dominance in order to express a will to self-identity or presence.

This includes one’s biological constitution.

McGeoch – – Diogenes 46 On Defining African Philosophy. He does not fully conceptualize it nor relate it to the various ideological histories it has encountered in the domains of social science, where it became a fully fledged discipline. An African Reading of Karl Marx Marxist theory and discourse generally provided many African intellectuals with a platform on which to conduct many sociopolitical struggles.

Trends and Issues in African Philosophy. However, mention must be made of the fact that C. To be sure, the Cultkre is always present, defacing all claims to full presence of the decolonizing subject. However, Paul Gilroy has unearthed a more sympathetic context in which to read and situate Senghorian thought. Apart from that charge that Senghor essentializes the concept and ideologies of blackness, he is also charged with defeatism that undermines struggles for liberation and decolonization.

Philosophers regularly build on both the successes and the failures of their predecessors. Kwasi WireduW. A work of genius, a masterpiece in addition to giving rise to spectralities also generates legions of imitators and followers.

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If indeed he has done so, he would be rather more skeptical about the manner in which he thinks he can dislodge certain Western philosophical structures embedded in the African consciousness. Within the Anglophone contingent of African philosophy, the analytic tradition of British cultue continues to be dominant.


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On some of the drawbacks of tradition Wiredu writes. The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. Cultural Universals and Particulars: The result is philosophy that is at once universally relevant and essentially African. By using this site, you agree to the Terms uclture Use and Privacy Policy. This kind of posture, that is, the consistent critique of the retrogression inherent in tradition and its proclivity for the fossilization of culture, is directed at Leopold Sedar Senghor.

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This is the distinction that lies between an oral culture and a textual one. By this I mean the purging of African philosophical thinking of all uncritical assimilation of Western ways of thinking. Instead, they should be, among other things, an exploration of the discursive intimacies between the Anglophone and Francophone traditions of African philosophy.

This includes one’s biological constitution. By contrast, the majoritarian system might be said to be, in principle, based on consent without consensus.

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This crucial difference should be noted culgure what shall soon be demonstrated to be the Wiredu conception of decolonization. An ideology is a set of ideas about what form a good society should take. First, the article offers a close reading of the phiosophy itself and then locates it within the broader movement of modern African thought.