Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization (Value Inquiry Book Series 153)

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This book discovers freedom in the colonial idea of African primitiveness. As human transcendence, freedom escapes the drawbacks of otherness, as defended by ethnophilosophy, while exposing the idiosyncratic inspiration of Eurocentric universalism. Decolonization calls for the reconnection with freedom, that is, with myth-making understood as the inaugural act of cultural pluralism. The cultural condition of modernization emerges when the return to the past deploys the future.

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Messay Kebede is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton in Ohio. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Grenoble in France. He previously taught philosophy at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). He is the author of two books, Meaning and Development (Rodopi, 1994) and Survival and Modernization (Red Sea, 1999). He has also published numerous articles. The most recent include: "The Rehabilitation of Violence and the Violence of Rehabilitation: Fanon and Colonialism" (Journal of Black Studies, 2001), "Directing Ethnicity toward Modernity" (Social Theory and Practice, 2001), and "Generational Imbalance and Disruptive Change" (International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2003).

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No doubt, Africa s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization is an in-depth study on the African personality. In a refreshing way, it provides an insight into the intellectual pre-requisites for the resolution of the problem of underdevelopment of Africa. The book is a worthy contribution to the debate about the future of Africa, not only in philosophical terms, but also about the development problematic of the continent. The book will certainly be useful to both undergraduate and graduate students of philosophy, sociology, political science and anthropology. It should also serve as a guide to other academics and politicians interested in issues of emancipation and development, within and outside the African continent. in: African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 8, Issue 4, Summer 2006
distilling wide ranging and profound analyses of thought, African and European, into a lucid prose free of jargon. It is the proper knowledge of Africa that is emerging. Kebede s book has a lot to contribute to that knowledge. in: H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences (published by H-Africa), April, 2005
Kebede (Dayton) positions this important contribution on the status of ethnophilosophy within the context of how best to emancipate African philosophy from Western domination. His well-stated argument regarding the strategic importance of negritude s appropriation-of-otherness mythmaking as counter as counter to Western whiteness propaganda sets the stage for his own view of the role of cultural traditions and mysticism in the modernization of Africa. Jam packed with issues and citations, each chapter is a literature survey that could be expanded into a book. Recommended. in: CHOICE, Vol. 42, No. 5, January 2005
If you have time to read only one book to learn about the intricacies of African philosophy, then read Africa s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization. The beauty of this volume is Kebede s clear presentation and thoughtful evaluation of each of the main schools in African Philosophy. Joseph C. Kunkel, University of Dayton
Africa s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization is an exceptionally clear introduction to African philosophy. in: Filosofie Magazine"

"No doubt, Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization is an in-depth study on the African personality. In a refreshing way, it provides an insight into the intellectual pre-requisites for the resolution of the problem of underdevelopment of Africa. ... The book is a worthy contribution to the debate about the future of Africa, not only in philosophical terms, but also about the development problematic of the continent. The book will certainly be useful to both undergraduate and graduate students of philosophy, sociology, political science and anthropology. It should also serve as a guide to other academics and politicians interested in issues of emancipation and development, within and outside the African continent." in: African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 8, Issue 4, Summer 2006
"distilling wide ranging and profound analyses of thought, African and European, into a lucid prose free of jargon. ... It is the proper knowledge of Africa that is emerging. Kebede's book has a lot to contribute to that knowledge." in: H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences (published by H-Africa), April, 2005
"Kebede (Dayton) positions this important contribution on the status of ethnophilosophy within the context of how best to emancipate African philosophy from Western domination. His well-stated argument regarding the strategic importance of negritude's appropriation-of-otherness mythmaking as counter as counter to Western whiteness propaganda sets the stage for his own view of the role of cultural traditions and mysticism in the modernization of Africa. ... Jam packed with issues and citations, each chapter is a literature survey that could be expanded into a book. ... Recommended." in: CHOICE, Vol. 42, No. 5, January 2005
"If you have time to read only one book to learn about the intricacies of African philosophy, then read Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization. The beauty of this volume is Kebede's clear presentation and thoughtful evaluation of each of the main schools in African Philosophy." - Joseph C. Kunkel, University of Dayton
"Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization is an exceptionally clear introduction to African philosophy." in: Filosofie Magazine

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