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African Philosophy

Subtitle: 
Myth Reality
Author: 
Hountondji, Paluin J.
Responsibility: 
Evan, Henri, Tanslator
Place: 
Bloomington
Publisher: 
Indiana University Press
Date published: 
1996
Phys descriptions: 
xxviii, 221 p.; 23 cm
Edition: 
2nd ed.
Record type: 
Series: 
African systems of though
ISBN: 
0253210968
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.

Notes: 
Includes bibliographic references (p. [184] - 217) and index.|Africa's 100 best books of the 20th century
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CITATION: Hountondji, Paluin J.. African Philosophy . Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 1996. - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/african-philosophy-4

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