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Disentangling Consciencism

Essays on Kwame Nkrumah's Philosophy

Disentangling Consciencism( )
Editor: Ajei, Martin Odei
Contribution by: Ajei, Martin Odei
Ackah, Kofi
Hountondji, Paulin J.
Serequeberhan, Tsenay
Towa, Marcien
Flikschuh, Katrin
Ferguson II, Stephen C.
du Toit, Louise
McClendon, John H.
Kwesi, Richmond
Ramose, Mogobe
Metz, Thaddeus
Wenar, Leif
Mkhwanazi, Ezekiel
Osei, Raymond
Hallen, Barry
Chandhoke, Neera
Foreword by: Gyekye, Kwame
Series title:African Philosophy: Critical Perspectives and Global Dialogue Ser.
Publication Date:Dec 2016
Publisher:Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $116.00
Book Description:

This book critically explores the depths of Nkrumah's philosophical thought in order to broaden understanding of it and measures his contributions to contemporary thought in a world in which Africa totters precariously on the peripheries of intellectual influence on human experience.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / History & Surveys / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.35 x 9.33 x 1.27 Inches
Book Weight:0.002 Pounds
Author Biography
A student of Louis Althusser, Paulin J. Hountondji is one of the most outspoken Francophone critics of the ethnophilosophy movement. For Hountondji, philosophy is primarily a highly refined, critical mode of analysis that is ultimately personal and not collective. For this reason, he thinks that the ethnophilosophers (a term he coined) are looking in the wrong place for African philosophy. Indeed, according to Hountondji, their assertion that Africa already has an indigenous philosophical tradition, one that is fundamentally different from European rationality, only reinforces the claims of "otherness" originally imposed by the colonialists. Rather than generating an African sense of racial or ethnic pride, ethnophilosophy hampers the process of modernization.

Hountondji's emphasis on philosophy as an individual, reflective, and theoretical enterprise also pits him against the Marxists, who see philosophy as simply a means to revolutionary change. For Hountondji, it is just as corrupting to use philosophy to serve ideology as it is to use it to support ethnic or racial distinctiveness.

Very active in developing the field of philosophy in an African context, Hountondji was one of the founders of the important bilingual journal Cahiers Philosophiques Africains in 1972.


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