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A Short History of African Philosophy, Second Edition (Second Edition)

A Short History of African Philosophy, Second Edition (Second Edition)

By: Barry Hallen (author)Paperback

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A Short History of African Philosophy discusses major ideas, figures, and schools of thought in philosophy in the African context. While drawing out critical issues in the formation of African philosophy, Barry Hallen focuses on recent scholarship and relevant debates that have made African philosophy critical to understanding the rich and complex cultural heritage of the continent. This revised edition expands the historical perspective, takes account of recent discoveries and new canonical figures, highlights new discussions about gender as a cultural and philosophical phenomenon, clarifies issues regarding indigenous cultures and human rights, and builds on the notion that African philosophy shares methods and concerns of philosophy worldwide. This short reference is an essential resource for students, scholars, and general readers.

About Author

Barry Hallen is Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College and Associate in the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is author of The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture (IUP, 2000).


Introduction1. The Historical Perspective2. Twentieth-Century Origins3. Rationality as Culturally Universal4. Rationality as Culturally Relative5. Ethnophilosophy and Philosophical Sagacity6. Phenomenology and Hermeneutics7. Socialism and Marxism8. Philosophy and Culture9. Histories, Anthologies, Introductions to African Philosophy, Journals, and WebsitesConclusion BibliographyIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780253221230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780253221230
  • ISBN10: 0253221234
  • edition: Second Edition

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