The story of African philosophy is surrounded by controversy. Decades after the "great debate" over its mere existence, many vital questions have been left unanswered. From examining the origins of African philosophy to addressing fundamental issues in ontology, epistemology, ethics, and political thought, this collection of essays brings fresh insight to questions both old and new. First time readers and seasoned scholars alike will find this book to be an essential resource in African thought. Atuolu Omalu gives shape and direction to a hitherto formless discipline and heralds an exciting future for African philosophy.
Jonathan O. Chimakonam, PhD, teaches at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He specializes in logic and African philosophy and has published vastly on such topics. He is the author of Introducing African Science (2012), the producing author of Existence and Consolation (2015), and a co-author of Njikoka Amaka (2014).
Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Dating and Periodization Questions in African Philosophy Jonathan O. Chimakonam Chapter 2: The Question of Being in African Philosophy: A Case for Ibuanyidanda Ontology Innocent I. Asouzu Chapter 3: The Question of Moral Paradigm in African Philosophy: A Case for Communocentric Ethics Mulumba I. Obiajulu Chapter 4: The Knowledge Question in African Philosophy: A Case for Cogno-Normative (Complementary) Epistemology Jonathan O. Chimakonam Chapter 5: The Logic Question in African Philosophy: Between the Horns of Irredentism and Jingoism Uduma O. Uduma Chapter 6: The Criteria Question in African Philosophy Jonathan O. Chimakonam Chapter 7: The Ideology Question in African Philosophy: A Case for Tradition and the Quest for Democracy in Africa Olusegun Oladipo Chapter 8: African Philosophy: Some Basic Questions Bruce B. Janz Chapter 9: The Question of Cultural Imperialism in African Philosophy Edwin Etieyibo Chapter 10: The Transliteration Question in African Philosophy Godfrey O. Ozumba Chapter 11: The Question of Culture of Philosophy in Africa Adebayo A. Aina and Olatunji A. Oyeshile Chapter 12: The Question of Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy and the Problem of the Language of African Philosophy: A Critique of Kwasi Wiredu and a Proposal for Conceptual Mandelanization in the Africa We Know Mesembe I. Edet Chapter 13: The Question of the West and the Rest of Us in African Philosophy Joseph N. Agbo Chapter 14: The Future Question in African Philosophy Ada Agada Selected Bibliography List of Contributors