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African Philosophical Currents

ISBN 9780367591472
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

The history of the human world has reached a stage where no philosophical community can any longer philosophize in isolation from other philosophical communities. The African philosophical community is not an exception and neither is any other philosophical community. There is a widespread notion in the West that philosophy originated in Greece and found its way throughout Europe, from where it migrated to Africa. This book argues that Philosophy did not migrate to African from anywhere but that it is radically native to all communities.

The chapters cover the erasure of African philosophy, African philosophical departures, the threat that Christianity has posed to African philosophy, African legal philosophy, African musical aesthetics and connections with classical philosophy. Arguing that the landscape of philosophy has a place not only for Africans but also for all human beings and that African philosophers are among the architects of this landscape, this book is an important read for scholars and students of African philosophy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter One

The Crisis of Philosophy: African Dimension

Chapter Two

Erasure of African Philosophy

Chapter Three

Post-colonial African Body

Chapter Four

The African and the Cost of Being a Christian

Chapter Five

Decolonizing African Legal Philosophy

Chapter Six

Musical Aesthetics in African Life

Chapter Seven

Would Socrates Recognize Us


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John Murungi is a Professor of Philosophy at Towson University, USA.