On Defining African Wiredu – forthcoming – African Philosophy: The Essential Readings (New York: Paragon). Repr. In H. Nagl-Docekal and. Could there be a truly African philosophy that goes beyond traditional folk thought? Kwasi Wiredu tries in these essays to define and demonstrate a role for . Kwasi Wiredu is currently Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy in the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he.

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Second, he intends to dislodge unnecessary Western epistemologies that are to be found in African philosophical practices. Sign in to use this feature.

It contributes to one’s capacity to organize ideas and issues, to deal with questions of value, and to extract what is essential from sources of information. Their thoughts and philosophy will be biased to the culture of the language. In my opinion, it is only by such wiiredu reflective integration of the traditional and the modern that contemporary African philosophers can contribute to the flourishing of our peoples and, ultimately, all other peoples. This discursive hegemony had led an evident degree of parochialism.


Kwasi Wiredu – – Indiana University Press. A Step Forward in African Thinking. It was necessary to restore in ourselves our previous confidence which had been so seriously eroded by colonialism.

In sum, Wiredu general attitude towards Marxism is one of condemnation. Marxist theory and discourse generally provided many African intellectuals with a platform on which to conduct many sociopolitical struggles. Further, Wiredu states that the second dimension, the normative conception of personhood, is based on one’s ability to will freely.

Indeed, it amounts to a dismissal of Marx in spite of the attempt kwaxi read him without the obfuscations of innumerable legacies. To be sure, the Other is always present, kwais all claims to full presence of the decolonizing subject.

A passage from an interview explains the issue of his institutional relation to African philosophy: This fact is reflected in his corpus. In addition, an interrogation of other borders of philosophy is required to observe the gains that might accrue to the Anglophone movement of contemporary African philosophy, which, in many ways, has reached a discursive dead-end due to its inability to surmount the intractable problematic of identity, and its endless preoccupation with the question of its origins.


In his book universals and particulars, wiredu discuses about the parodox of universalim and particularism in human culture.

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There is no getting around the Other as it is introduced in its own latent and covert violence, in the hesitant counter-violence of the decolonizing subject and invariably in the counter-articulations of all projects of decolonization. This is a contradictory but inevitable trope within the postcolonial condition.

One is not born kwasj person but becomes one through events and experiences that lead one to act ethically. Comments on Philosophy and Orality”. Indeed after reformulating traditional Western philosophical wirddu to suit African conditions, it remains to be seen how African epistemological claims can be substantiated using the natural and logical procedures available to African systems of thought. Prior towhen I was in Africa, I devoted most of my time in almost equal proportions to research in African philosophy and in other areas of philosophy, such as the philosophy of logic, in which not much has, or is generally known to have, been done in African philosophy.

Kwasi Wiredu (1931— )

It is the thinkers that will give direction to progressive change in society. Diop, Cheikh, Anta, Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. According to Wiredu, will not come from the people at large, but must come from the thinkers; the creative minority of the society.

The volume as a whole presents some of the best non-technical work of a distinguished African philosopher, of importance equally to professional philosophers and to those with a more general interest in contemporary African thought and culture. Could there be a truly African philosophy that goes beyond traditional owasi thought?

Indeed, the notion of decolonization is far more complex than is often kkwasi. Perhaps the task at hand is simply too important and demanding to cater to such philosophical niceties.

This kind of reading of the colonial event has led to a rethinking of colonial theory. Indeed, terms such as reflective integration and due reflection offer the critical spaces for the theoretical articulation of something whose existence has not yet been concretely conceived. 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 speed of forces represented by the latter, but also and consequently by the new modes of appropriation they put to work, by the new structure of the event and of its spectrality that they produce.


This dialectic origin can be contrasted with those of his contemporaries such as Paulin Hountondji and V. Indeed, this schema involves a forceful element of bi-culturalism as a matter of logical consequence as well as a high level of [multi] bi-lingual competence.

Kwasi Wiredu

Inhe held a professorship at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Sanya Osha – – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. These arearguably more directly concerned with questions pertaining to governance, democracy, and the challenges of contemporary globalization.

What can it draw from it? He remained at the University of Ghana for twenty-three years, during which time he became first Head of Department and then Professor.

By contrast, the majoritarian system might be said to be, in principle, based on consent without consensus. He remained at the University of Ghana for twenty-three years, during which time he became first Head of Department and then Professor.

Choice of a Social and Political System One of Wiredu’s concerns when defining “African Philosophy” is keeping colonialised African philosophy in a separate category from precolonised Africa.

The Idea of Africa, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Tangwa – – Bioethics 10 3: Basic to the wkasi of philosophy include the following; 3. The African Origin of Civilization: Forced dogmas deny others the opportunity to think for themselves.

In fact, it is not wjredu a conviction; there are several instances within the broad spectrum of his philosophical corpus where he tries to put it into practice. The work of re-reading Marx, of re-establishing his philosophical value and importance is a task needs to be performed in universities, conferences, colloquia and also in less academic sites and fora.