African Philosophy

African Philosophy

Subtitle: 
Myth Reality
Author: 
Hountondji, Paluin J.
Place: 
Bloomington
Publisher: 
Indiana University Press
Phys descriptions: 
xxviii, 221 p.; 23 cm
Date published: 
1996
Record type: 
Responsibility: 
Evan, Henri, Tanslator
Edition: 
2nd ed.
ISBN: 
0253210968
Bar code: 
1013133
Call No: 
1(6) HOU
Abstract: 

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 Kamgamé that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy separate and distinct from the Western philosophical tradition. Hountoundji 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 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.

Language: 
Series: 
African systems of though
Date created: 
Monday, February 22, 2010