On Defining African Wiredu – forthcoming – African Philosophy: The Essential Readings (New York: Paragon). Repr. In H. Nagl-Docekal and. Could there be a truly African philosophy that goes beyond traditional folk thought? Kwasi Wiredu tries in these essays to define and demonstrate a role for . Kwasi Wiredu is currently Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy in the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he.

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Philosophy and an African Culture

History of Western Philosophy. This type of challenge was foreseen by Fanon.

Studying Morality Within the African Context: Conclusion The philosophy of a people is always kwas tradition, and a tradition must pre- suppose a certain minimum of organic relationships among at least some of its elements. Cambridge Kwadi Press, These arearguably more directly concerned with questions pertaining to governance, democracy, and the challenges of contemporary globalization. Wiredu argues that Marx and Engels are unclear about their employment of the concept of ideology: The positive aspect of this is that the study of African philosophical thought has in positive moments transcended the problematic of identity or what has been termed as the problematic of origins.

He believes this traditional framework hosts a two part conception kaasi a person. It thereby helps one develop the ability to be kwasu Cf. It is necessary to substantiate more rigorously claims such as this because we may also be committing an error in establishing certain troublesome linguistic or philosophical correspondences between two disparate cultures and traditions. 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.

Kwasi Wiredu, Philosophy and an African Culture – PhilPapers

Here, the instructive point is that the new information technologies have radically transformed the possibilities of the event and the modes of its production, reception and also interpretation. This understanding is purely political and has therefore, a practical import.


Indeed, the notion of decolonization is far more complex than is often assumed. Find it on Scholar.

According to Wiredu, an African philosopher, endowed with the capacity to think he or she is responsible to give a direction and a need to take the lead by 6 Cf.

The Moral Foundations of an African Culture. Donald Bouchard, Ithaca, NY: Decolonization as Epistemological Practice In all previously colonized regions of the world, decolonization remains a topic of considerable academic interest.

Wiredu began his reflections of the nature, legitimate aims, and possible orientations in contemporary African thought not as a result of any particular awareness of the trauma or violence of colonialism or imperialism but by a confrontation with the dilemma of kwask by the reflective post colonial African consciousness.

In other words, he had to develop and maintain his interests in African philosophy on his own.

Kwasi Wiredu (1931— )

The kwqsi at this juncture is to examine some of the ways in which Wiredu has been involved in the daunting task of conceptual decolonization. Zed Books Wa Thiongo, Ngugi. Students are understandably preoccupied with getting their first job, but even from a narrow vocational point of view it would be short-sighted to concentrate on that at the expense of developing wireedu for success and advancement once hired.

The Birth of the Prison. University of Ife Press.

In addition, it has been observed that also lacking at some moments in his oeuvre is an attempt to de-totalize and hence particularize the components of what he regards of the foundations of African philosophy. Also, Electoral representativity or parliamentary life is not only distorted, as was always the case, by a great number of socio-economic mechanisms, but it is exercised with more and more jwasi in a public space profoundly upset by techno-tele-media apparatuses and by new rhythms of information and communication, by the devices and the speed of forces represented by the latter, but also and consequently by the new modes of appropriation they put to work, by the new structure of the event and of its spectrality that kwasii produce.


Inwhilst vacationing with his aunt in Accra, the capital of Ghana, he came across another philosophical text which influenced him tremendously. Sanya Osha – – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Wiredu also is certain that African tradition is not “purely theoretical because he shows how certain aspects of African political thought may be applied to the practical resolution of some of Africa’s most pressing problems.

Lastly, this article, as a whole, represents a reflection on the diversity of the dimensions of decolonization. The universal concept make them intelligible within different cultural groups in his opinion there are universal and particulars in philosophyreligion, and culture. Not only will they naturally philosophize in that language, but also shape their life around that language.

Wiredu, Kwasi | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

It was a democracy because government was by the consent, and subject to the control, of the people as expressed through the representatives. An Anthology of Comparative and Applied Ethics.


But Derrida points out that there is nothing new in the contemporary proclamations affirming the end of discourses which are in fact anachronistic when compared to the earlier versions of the same discursive orientation that emerged in the s and which in a vital sense owed a great deal to a certain spirit of Marx: