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Routledge Handbook of African Political Philosophy

Edited By

Uchenna Okeja

  • Available for pre-order on June 12, 2023. Item will ship after July 3, 2023
ISBN 9780367561536
July 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
464 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of African Political Philosophy showcases and develops the arguments propounded by African philosophers on political problems, bringing together experts from around the world to chart current and future research trends.

Africa’s recent history has been shaped by the experiences of colonization, anti-colonial struggle, and postcolonial self-rule, and so it is perhaps not surprising that political questions are also central to African philosophy. This exciting new handbook provides insights on the foundations, virtues, vices, controversies, and key topics to be found within African political philosophy, concluding by considering how it connects with other traditions of political philosophy. In doing so, the book provides important fresh perspectives which help us to a richer understanding of the challenges of co-existence in society and governance not just in Africa, but around the world.

This book will be an important resource for researchers and students across the fields of Political Philosophy, Political Science, International Relations, and African Studies.

Table of Contents


  1. African Political Philosophy: Old Anxieties, New Imaginations
  2. Uchenna Okeja

    Part 1: Foundations and methods

  3. Literature as a Source of political philosophy
  4. Chielozona Eze

  5. The State in Africa and the African State
  6. Katrin Flikschuh

  7. A Free person as a Maker of Surprises
  8. Ajume Wingo

  9. Citizenship Under Siege: Contemporary African Nationalism and the Trauma of Modernity
  10. Michael Eze

  11. Tradition and modernity
  12. Polycarp Ikuenobe

  13. Pragmatic History in a Post Genocide Society
  14. Isaie Nzeyimana

    Part 2: Political Virtues and Vices

  15. Community
  16. Anthony Oyowe

  17. Deliberation, Manipulation, and a Consensual Polity
  18. Dennis Masaka

  19. Disharmony as a Political Vice
  20. Edwin Etieyibo

  21. Difference and Exclusionism
  22. Elvis Imafidon

  23. Corruption
  24. Mitterrand Okorie

  25. African civil society
  26. Albert Kasanda

    Part 3: Controversies: Normative Debates and Political Praxis

  27. Deliberation, Dependence, and Freedom
  28. Eniola Soyemi

  29. Uncommon Features: Defending Ideal Theory with Model-to-world Inference
  30. Olufemi Taiwo

  31. Development as an Alternative to Democracy
  32. Bernard Matolino

  33. Pluralism and social cohesion
  34. Nancy Myles

  35. Democracy and development
  36. Philip Idachaba and Idoko Okpanachi

  37. Election, Violence, and Political Legitimation
  38. Jacinta Mwende

  39. Development and Human Rights in Africa: A Theoretical Proposal
  40. Martin Ajei

    Part 4: Emerging Concepts and Topics

  41. Religion and Politics: Learning to Navigate a Slippery Slope
  42. Jare Oladosu

  43. Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War in Africa
  44. Karabo Maiyane

  45. Africa’s Digital Public Sphere
  46. Nanjala Nyabola

  47. Talking About the Marginalization of Women in Africa
  48. Fatima Doumbia

  49. Violent Democracy and the Promise of Peace
  50. Anthony Ajah and Udoudom Nfonbong

    Part 5: Global Perspectives

  51. Pan-Africanism as Cosmopolitanism
  52. Pius Mosima

  53. Political Philosophy in the Global South: Harmony in Africa, East Asia, and South America
  54. Thaddeus Metz

  55. Non state actors, freedom, and justice: Should Multinational Firms be Primary Agents of Justice in African Societies?
  56. Thierry Ngosso

  57. African in the Political Imagination of the African Diaspora
  58. Omedi Ochieng

  59. Ubuntu: A Critique of Superiorization

Mpho Tshivhase


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Uchenna Okeja is a Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Rhodes University. He is also a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.