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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Pbilosophy only will they naturally philosophize in that language, but also shape their life around that language. In addition to the scholars noted above, the discourse of decolonialization has benefitted from many valuable contributions made by intellectuals such as Frantz Fanon, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Cheikh Anta Diop, and Ngugi wa Thiongo.

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Ontology One of Wiredu’s most prominent discussions revolves around the Akan concept of personhood. An ideology is a set of ideas about what form a good society should take. Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject’s importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance. Colonialism causes the destruction of agency. 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.

But what distinguishes the particular complexion of his theory is its links with the Anglo-Saxon analytic tradition. On another level, it philospphy that Wiredu has not sufficiently interrogated the distance between orality and textuality.

Undoubtedly, his best friend William Abraham, who went a year before him to Oxford University, must have also influenced the direction of his philosophical research towards African thought. These dialogues were to influence, in a significant way, the final chapter of his first groundbreaking philosophical text, Philosophy and an African Culture which is also dialogic in structure.


Within the context of the socio-political moment of that era, it seemed a reactionary—even injurious—posture to adopt. A work of genius, a masterpiece in addition to giving rise to spectralities also generates legions of imitators and followers.

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History of Western Philosophy. Universals and Particulars of Wiredu University of Wisconsin Press. Instead, they should be, among other things, an exploration of the discursive intimacies between the Anglophone and Francophone traditions of African philosophy. Myth and RealityLondon: Log In Sign Up.

The result is philosophy that is at once universally relevant and essentially African. Wiredu argues that it is possible to arrive at concepts of universal relevance which can be disentangled from the contigiencies of culture. Find it on Scholar. African economic systems floundered alongside African political institutions, and, as a result, various crises have compounded the seemingly perennial issue of underdevelopment. African Studies Center Leiden. Problem Solving The study of philosophy enhances, in a way no other activity does, one’s problem solving capacities.

His influences include, apart from his tutors at Oxford, David Humeand Immanuel Kantand the pragmatist John Deweyand the epistemologicalmetaphysical, and ethical resources of the Akan culture. One learns to build and defend one’s own views, to appreciate competing positions, and to indicate forcefully why one considers one’s own views preferable to alternatives.

It wirexu the thinkers that will give direction to progressive change in society. On some of the drawbacks of tradition Wiredu writes, it is as true in Africa as philosophyy else that logical, mathematical, analytical, experimental procedures are essential in the quest for the knowledge of, and control over, nature and therefore, in any endeavour to improve the condition of man. But Derrida points out that there is nothing new in the contemporary proclamations affirming the end of discourses which are in fact anachronistic when compared to the earlier versions of the same discursive orientation that emerged in the s and which in a vital sense owed a great deal to a certain spirit of Marx: On Defining African Philosophy.


Wiredu began his reflections of the nature, legitimate aims, and possible orientations in contemporary African thought not kwqsi a result of any particular awareness of the trauma or violence of colonialism or imperialism but by a confrontation with the dilemma of modernity by the reflective post colonial African consciousness. So aan point here is that some of the main Marxist propositions on truth have parallels in analytic philosophy.

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Sign in Create an account. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Most African intellectuals usually gloss over this difference, even though they may acknowledge it.

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But there is a far more radical change that has occurred and which signals a profound crisis of global capitalism and the neoliberal ideology that underpins it: Accordingly he is quite convincing when he argues that polygamy in a traditional setting amounts to efficient social thinking but is most inappropriate within a modern framework.

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For any such examination to be of any real use, it should take the form of reasoned criticism and, where possible, reconstruction.