The Essential Readings
The eleven papers in this anthology all by Africans, represent a variety of philosophical positions that are central to the debate in and on African philosophy as it has developed thus far. An introduction essay explores the historical, political, and existential context of the debate, and is followed by a presentation of the “documentary” orientation (ethnophilosophy). The five papers that follow articulate positions that
reject ethnophilosophy and emphasize it “scientistic” approach to philosophy.
Finally, the last four papers articulate philosophical positions reflecting the historicity of the African situation. Throughout, the anthology is informed by the belief that African philosophy is a historically engaged activity aimed at the political empowerment of the African people.
Many of the papers in African Philosophy are either published here or in English for the first time, or are not easily available in English anywhere else.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
African Philosophy: The Point in Question
Is There an African Philosophy?
Sagacity in African Philosophy
Henry Odera Oruka
The Question of African Philosophy
Peter O. Bodunrin
On Defining African Philosophy
African Philosophy: Myth and Reality
Paulin J. Hountondji
Contemporary African Philosophy: The Search for a Method
Africa and the Imperative of Philosophy: A Skeptical Consideration
Conditions for the Affirmation of a Modern African Philosophical Thought
Tradition and Destiny: Horizons of an African Philosophical Hermeneutics
Philosophy in Africa: Challenges of the African Philosopher
TSENAY SEREQUEBERHAN is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College. He has published articles in Dialogue, Man and World, International Philosophical Quarterly and Praxis International.