Kwasi Wiredu: Philosophy and an African culture. xiv, pp. Cambridge, etc.: Cambridge University Press, – Volume 45 Issue 2. Pfubsophy and an African Culture. By Kwasi Wiredu. Cambridge University Press , , xiv + pp., £ Is philosophy ‘culture bound’, or is there, if not a. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Philosophy and An African Culture | Part I: 1. Philosophy and On an African orientation in philosophy 3. Kwasi Wiredu.

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Kwasi Wiredu born 3 October is an African philosopher. Philosophy and an African Culture Cambridge: And it helps us to synthesize a variety of views or perspectives into a unified manner. Van Markmann New York: In this essay, Wiredu argues that the: Wiredu does not contemplate the implications of this kind of indictment in his formulations of an approach to African philosophy.

African Philosophy; The Analytic Approach. Find it on Scholar. Philosophical tradition must kkwasi determined in line with a predominant theme such as British philosophy, which is seen as empiricism, American philosophy which is seen as pragmatism, French as rationalism, German as idealism, Russian as materialism, Indian as spiritualism and Chinese as humanism.

Kwasi Wiredu

A work of genius, a masterpiece in addition to giving rise to spectralities also generates legions of imitators and followers. A passage from an interview explains the issue of his institutional relation to African philosophy:. Diop advances phikosophy similar set of ideas to Wiredu on the subject of vibrant modern African identities.

An encyclopedia of philosophy articles written by professional philosophers. Secondly, it usually entails an attempt at the retrieval of a more or less fragmented historical heritage. 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 difficulty in a public space profoundly upset by techno-tele-media apparatuses and by new rhythms of information and communication, by the devices and the owasi of forces represented by the latter, but also and consequently by the new modes of appropriation they put to work, by the new structure arican the event and of its spectrality that they produce.


Upon graduating in he was appointed to a teaching post at the University College of North Staffordshire now the University of Keelewhere he stayed for a year.

This is also reflected in the African and Western ontology respectively. Sign in to use this feature.

Kwasi Wiredu – Wikipedia

First, he wishes to subvert unsavoury aspects of indigenous traditions embedded in modern African thought so as to make it more viable. This page was last edited on 26 Mayat On Traditional African Consensual Rationality.

Cambridge University Press kwasii Thus this epistemology is abstracted from the collective world-view of Africans and leaning essentially on such materials as myths, folklores, proverbs, folk wisdom etc.

Conclusion The philosophy of a people is always a tradition, and a tradition must pre- suppose a certain minimum of organic relationships among at least some of its elements.

Wiredu like any other African thinkers tailor his thoughts towards addressing the lacuna in the schemata of things as it affects the general existential lives of her people. The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. This is a contradictory but inevitable trope within the postcolonial condition.


I did not have always to be teaching African philosophy or giving public lectures in African philosophy. A Model of Moral Analysis and Construction.

What can it draw from it? History of Western Philosophy. His approach in formulating this theory of discursive agency and more specifically philosophical practice involves the incorporation of a form bi-culturalism. Wiredu, for many decades, was involved with a project he termed conceptual decolonization in contemporary African systems of thought. Obviously, Fanon was the most astute theoretician of decolonization of the lot.

In other words, it emerged partly from the need to organize critiques for degraded forms of socialism. This crucial difference should be noted alongside what shall soon be demonstrated to be the Wiredu conception of decolonization.


This dialectic origin can be contrasted with those of his contemporaries such as Paulin Hountondji and V. Miller, eds, The Foucault Effect. Senghor is cast as a traditionalist and tradition itself is the subject of a much broader critique.

Philosophy and an African Culture

The intention at this juncture is to examine some of the ways in which Wiredu has been involved in the daunting task of conceptual decolonization. Valuing the Emergence of Ubuntu Philosophy.

Philosophers regularly build on both the successes and the failures of aj predecessors. Further, Wiredu states that the second dimension, the normative conception of personhood, is based on one’s ability to will freely.

Significances of African Philosophy in Africa The relevance of Philosophy to progress in Africa as pictured by Kwasi Wiredu can be digested basing on the applicability of Philosophy in general. In speaking about the inheritance of Marx, Derrida also reflects on the injunction associated with it. It is the thinkers that will give direction to progressive change in society. This fact is reflected in his corpus. 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.

Universals and Particulars of Wiredu Although his latter text, Cultural Universals and Particulars has a more Africa-centred orientation, his first book, Philosophy and an African Culture presents a wider range of discursive interests: