1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of African Political Philosophy

Edited By Uchenna Okeja Copyright 2023

    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, so it is perhaps not surprising that political questions are also central to African philosophy. This exciting new handbook provides insights into 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, this book provides important fresh perspectives that help us to gain a richer understanding of the challenges of coexistence 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.


    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



    Uchenna Okeja is a Research Professor at the Nelson Mandela University and Director of the Emengini Institute for Comparative Global Studies in Worcester, MA.