- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 23, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405145676
- ISBN-13: 978-1405145671
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This collection is destined to become the classic guide to the distinctive issues of concern to African philosophers today and in the past. The essays also reveal critical challenges African philosophies raise for ‘exceptionalist’ and ‘triumphalist’ tendencies in Western philosophy. This is a lively and intriguing text for undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars in many disciplines." Sandra Harding, University of California, Los Angeles
"Professor Wiredu has brought together the leading scholars of African philosophy, and provided us with up-to-date assessments of such vital topics as the history of African philosophy, African philosophy and postcolonial studies, and the relationship between world view and critical thinking. This is a balanced and judicious collection that exposes the student to all the major issues and schools." Ivan Karp, Emory University
"The extensive bibliography confirms the existence of African philosophy and supports the argument for its rightful place alongside other philosophies. . . The essays in this book are informative and compelling. The book is a product of commendable effort and provides its readers with much enlightenment." African Studies Review
“…this Companion goes beyond evaluating African philosophy spoken, written, sung, danced, sculpted, or painted prior to itself; it becomes itself the most complete and thoughtful anthology of African thought, the area’s most valuable work published as yet.” Heythrop Journal
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This volume, comprised of 42 newly commissioned and 5 adapted essays, provides comprehensive coverage of African philosophy, ranging across disciplines and throughout the ages.
The essays encompass all the main branches of philosophy – logic, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, religion, and politics, among others – as these have occupied the African mind in both communal and individual conceptions. A special feature of the volume is its historical dimension, including a substantial treatment of ancient African philosophy as encountered in ancient Egypt, an extended study of medieval North African thinkers, an enlightening discussion of pre-colonial African philosophy, and a history of African political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
A Companion to African Philosophy is unique in its depth and breadth of coverage. It is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to learn about African philosophy and its rich history.
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I must admit I grow increasingly tired of the dichotomy between Western philosophy and, what is it here, African, or Chinese, Indian, and so forth? There is no need to argue this outside of philosophically bankrupt departments of "professional philosophy" with their focus on a single issue problems such as clarity, that one needs to expand our understanding of philosophy in a global context. Even ancient Greek philosophy existed in the context of Persian, and much more ancient philosophies of the Middle East that went back thousands of years. And there is still a little bit of this annoying justification here, but what this book offers is an account of many philosophical traditions developing within Africa itself. We are talking about a continent with long and complex philosophical roots and it needs no justification. Think of all the different universities in Africa: how many can you name? Sure there are many individual texts that might be of particular interest, but this one strikes me as the best introduction with a broad vision. Bravo, Kwasi Wiredu and editors!