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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Tangwa – – Bioethics 10 3: In addition to this distinction we might add another crucial one: Not only will they pjilosophy philosophize in that language, but also shape their life around that language.

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African philosophy has its orientation in communalism, as contradistinguished from Western philosophy which is individualistic in outlook. Ashanti system was a consensual democracy. Not only will they naturally philosophise in that language, but also shape their life around that language.

The idea of African epistemology is based on their acceptance that such concepts as a, truth, and rationality etc. Wiredu does not contemplate the implications of this kind of indictment in his formulations of an approach to African philosophy. Research in African Literatures.

He suggest that philosophy can be universal if it adopt these scientific methodologies as universal technique. Also associated with this project as it was then conceived was a struggle for the mental liberation of the colonized African peoples.

Rather, he argues that genuine philosophy demands the application to such thought of critical analysis and rigorous argument. Philosophy and an African Culture. Another crucial, if distressing, feature of decolonization as advanced by Wiredu is that it always has to measure itself up with the colonizing Other, that is, it finds it almost impossible to create its own image so to speak by the employment of autochthonous strategies.


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. This is a contradictory but inevitable trope within the postcolonial condition. Request removal from index.

Wiredu, in his work, has enlightened many people on the philosophy and religion of Africa. Projection of Sound Methods of Research and Analysis Philosophy in education has nothing to do than its contribution to one’s capacity to frame hypotheses, do research, and put problems into manageable form. It is necessary to substantiate more rigorously claims such as this because we may also be committing an error in establishing certain troublesome linguistic or philosophical correspondences between two disparate cultures and traditions.

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

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This then designates a person to become a person. Myth and RealityLondon: Ohio University Center for International Studies. However, Paul Gilroy has unearthed a more sympathetic context in which to read and situate Senghorian thought. Lastly, this article, as a whole, represents a reflection on the diversity of the dimensions of decolonization.

Click here to sign up. This includes one’s biological constitution. One of the first texts of African philosophy that he read was J. Instead, they should be, among other things, an exploration of the discursive intimacies between the Anglophone and Francophone traditions of African philosophy.


Is it by accident that this comes to be so? Thus, decolonization, as Ngugi wa Thiongo, the Kenyan cultural theorist and novelist, notes, must be conceived as a broad, transcontinental, and multidisciplinary venture.

Within the context of the socio-political moment of that era, it seemed a reactionary—even injurious—posture to adopt. At the University of Ghana, he was instructed mainly in Western philosophy and he came to find out about African traditions of thought more or less through his own individual efforts.

Decolonization as Epistemological Practice In all agrican colonized regions of the world, decolonization remains a topic of considerable academic interest. However, on the dilemmas of translation in the current age of neoliberalism, it has been noted: This is the distinction that lies between an oral culture and a textual one.

The Essential Readings New York: On this important formulation of his he states:. Ontology One of Wiredu’s most prominent discussions revolves around the Akan concept of personhood. One need not be a Marxist or a communist in order to accept this obvious fact.

Kwas returned to Ghana, where he accepted a afrlcan teaching philosophy for his old university. Mary Jo ArnoldiChristraud M. The drive to attain progress is not limited to philosophical discourse alone.