Kwasi Wiredu: Philosophy and an African culture. xiv, pp. Cambridge, etc.: Cambridge University Press, – Volume 45 Issue 2. Pfubsophy and an African Culture. By Kwasi Wiredu. Cambridge University Press , , xiv + pp., £ Is philosophy ‘culture bound’, or is there, if not a. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Philosophy and An African Culture | Part I: 1. Philosophy and On an African orientation in philosophy 3. Kwasi Wiredu.

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The Case of African Women. So Derrida identifies a few new factors that need to be included in the critique of Marxism in the contemporary moment namely the phenomenon of spectralization caused by techno-science and digitalization, the weakening of the practice of liberal democracy and also the crises and multiple contradictions inherent in global capitalism.

The Idea of Africa, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Secondly, it usually entails an attempt at the retrieval of a more or less fragmented historical heritage. The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information.

Kwasi Wiredu (1931— )

Gianan – – Cultura 7 1: Philosophy and Constructive Persuasive Powers Philosophy provides training in the construction of clear formulations, good arguments, and apt examples. Significances of African Philosophy in Africa Decolonization as Epistemological Practice In all previously colonized regions of the world, decolonization remains a topic of considerable academic interest.

Undoubtedly, his best friend William Abraham, who went a year before him to Oxford University, must have also influenced the direction of his philosophical research towards African thought. Science Logic and Mathematics. It was consensual because, at least, as a rule, that consent was negotiated on the phillosophy of consensus.


Ohio University Center for International Studies. Wiredu argues that Marx and Engels are unclear about their employment of the concept of ideology: And, rather than merely discussing the possibilities for evolving modern traditions in African philosophy, African philosophers should actually begin to do so Hountondji, But what distinguishes the particular complexion of his theory is its links with the Anglo-Saxon analytic tradition.

Thus, decolonization has been rightly conceived as a vast, global, and trans-disciplinary enterprise. History of Western Philosophy. Hountondji ; in those times of extreme ideologizing, never avoided the required measure of socialist posturing. Finally, it can be argued that this tension is not quite resolved but fortunately it is also a tension that never jeopardizes his philosophical inventiveness.

And it helps us to synthesize a variety of views or perspectives into a unified manner. Indeed, it amounts to a dismissal of Marx in spite of the attempt to read him without the obfuscations of innumerable legacies.


In sum, Wiredu general attitude towards Marxism is one of condemnation. But since I came to the United States, I have often been called upon to teach or talk about African philosophy.

In his book universals and particulars, wiredu discuses about the parodox cculture universalim and particularism in human culture. A central concern of philosophy is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems, which is the highest importance to distinguish between traditional versus modern thoughts by set of criterion.

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These dialogues were to influence, in a significant way, the final chapter of his first groundbreaking philosophical text, Philosophy and an African Culture which is also dialogic in structure. Wiredu xulture not contemplate the implications of this kind of indictment in his formulations of an approach to African philosophy.


The point is, in Africa, forms of sociality exists that can no longer be found in the North Atlantic civilization. Request removal from index. Philosophical tradition must be determined in line with a predominant theme such as British philosophy, which is seen as empiricism, American philosophy which is seen as pragmatism, French as rationalism, German as idealism, Russian as materialism, Indian as spiritualism and Chinese as humanism.

Conclusion The philosophy of a people is always a tradition, and a tradition must pre- suppose a certain minimum of organic relationships among at least some of its elements.

Logic, as a branch of philosophy attracted Wiredu because of its affinities to grammar, which he enjoyed.

According to Wiredu the Akan word nokware translates the English truthfulness, rather than truth and its opposite nkontompo which translates lies instead of falsity in English language. Retrieved from ” https: As such, it is possible to argue that this conceptual manoeuvre would eventually degenerate into a dead-end of epistemic nativism.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After graduating inhe went to University College, Oxford to read for the B.

He shows how they can assimilate the advances of analytical philosophy and apply them to the general social and intellectual changes associated with ‘modernisation’ philospohy the transition to new national identities. Table of Contents Abstract An African Reading of Karl Marx Marxist theory and discourse generally provided many African intellectuals with a platform on which to conduct many sociopolitical struggles.