- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: Monthly Review Press (January 1, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853451362
- ISBN-13: 978-0853451365
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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How do you meld these three groups and give them all a meaningful stake in society that results in a dynamic unity? This is a great question, and one I think if the book had strove to answer would have made for a more interesting read. Instead Nkrumah spends precious pages on the historical background of philosophy and how it inserts itself into society. I wanted more of what Nkrumah wanted to craft as the national philosophy of a newly independent Ghana, especially considering all the challenges.
"The traditional face of Africa includes an attitude towards man which can only be described, in its social manifestation, as being socialist. This arises from the fact that man is regarded in Africa as primarily a spiritual being endowed originally with a certain inward dignity, integrity and value. It stands refreshingly opposed to the Christian idea of the original sin and degradation of man." P. 68
That truism makes for a very difficult process of attempting to reconcile the 3 major segments of the society into a socialism that is beneficial to all. Definitely think readers could have benefitted by an expansion of that particular discussion.