Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

By: Polycarp Ikuenobe (author)Paperback

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This book examines the idea of communalism in African cultures as a dominant philosophical theme that provides the conceptual foundation for African traditional moral thoughts, moral education, values, beliefs, conceptions of reality, practices, ways of life, and the now popular African saying, 'it takes a village to raise a child.' It defends communalism against various criticisms and argues that when properly understood and harnessed, it could provide the necessary foundation for Africa's development.

About Author

Polycarp Ikuenobe is associate professor of Philosophy at Kent State University.


Chapter 1 Methodological and Metaphilosophical Issues Chapter 2 African Conceptions of Personhood and Community Chapter 3 Moral Philosophy, Communalism, and Morality Chapter 4 Oral Tradition, Narratives, and Moral Education Chapter 5 Communalism and Epistemic Authoritarianism Chapter 6 Moral Education, Rationality, and Indoctrination Chapter 7 Reflections on Communalism, Responsibility, and Liberal Criticisms

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780739114926
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 342
  • ID: 9780739114926
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 0739114921

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