19 Facts About African philosophy


Africana philosophy, sometimes called African philosophy, covers the philosophy made by African descendants, including African Americans.

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One of the implicit assumptions of ethnoAfrican philosophy is that a specific culture can have a African philosophy that is not applicable and accessible to all peoples and cultures in the world.

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African philosophy'story provides the framework in which we can inspect philosophical problems.

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In contrast, Universalist groups suggest that African philosophy should be analyses and critical engagement of and between individual African thinkers.

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African philosophy must pull from African cultural backgrounds or thought processes, but it should be independent from racial considerations and use "African" only as a term of solidarity.

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Africana philosophy is a species of Africana thought, which involves the theoretical questions raised by critical engagements with ideas in Africana cultures and their hybrid, mixed, or creolized forms worldwide.

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Africana philosophy refers to the philosophical dimensions of this area of thought.

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African philosophy's proverbs are still recited by Senegalese and Gambians alike, including in Senegambian popular culture - for example in Ousmane Sembene's films such as Guelwaar Other notable philosophical thinkers include the Gambian historian Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof, and the Malian ethnologist Amadou Hampate Ba.

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African philosophy comes to the belief that every person will believe their faith to be the right one and that all men are created equal.

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In Southern Africa and Southeast Africa the development of a distinctive Bantu African philosophy addressing the nature of existence, the cosmos and humankind's relation to the world following the Bantu migration has had the most significant impact on the philosophical developments of the said regions, with the development of the African philosophy of Ubuntu as one notable example emerging from this worldview.

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One notable pre-modern diasporic African philosopher was Anthony William Amo, who was taken as a slave from Awukenu in what is Ghana, and was brought up and educated in Europe where he gained doctorates in medicine and philosophy, and subsequently became a professor of philosophy at the universities of Halle and Jena in Germany.

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African philosophy invokes attention to moral and political arguments through a tone of morality in his works.

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Such an approach treats African philosophy as consisting in a set of shared beliefs, values, categories, and assumptions that are implicit in the language, practices, and beliefs of African cultures; in short, the uniquely African worldview.

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Cheikh Anta Diop and Mubabinge Bilolo, on the other hand, while agreeing that African culture is unique, challenged the view of Africans as essentially emotional and artistic, arguing that Egypt was an African culture whose achievements in science, mathematics, architecture, and philosophy were pre-eminent.

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Critics of this approach note that not all reflection and questioning is philosophical; besides, if African philosophy were to be defined purely in terms of philosophic sagacity, then the thoughts of the sages could not be African philosophy, for they did not record them from other sages.

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Professional philosophy is usually identified as that produced by African philosophers trained in the Western philosophical tradition, that embraces a universal view of the methods and concerns of philosophy.

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Some African philosophy philosophers classified in this category are Godwin Gunewe, Odera Oruka, Paulin Hountondji, Peter Bodunrin, Kwasi Wiredu, Tsenay Serequeberhan, Marcien Towa and Lansana Keita.

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Nationalist and ideological African philosophy might be considered a special case of philosophic sagacity, in which not sages but ideologues are the subjects.

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In general, African philosophy ethics is social or collectivistic rather than individualistic and united in ideology.

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