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Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

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Beschreibung

Klappentext This book provides a philosophical analysis of the idea of communalism as a dominant philosophical theme in various African cultures. It argues that the idea of communalism, which is the basis for the now popular African saying, 'it takes a village to raise a child,' may be seen as a conceptual framework and the foundation for African ideas, values, thought and belief systems. Polycarp Ikuenobe also defends the idea of communalism against the criticisms that it has elements of spiritualism, anachronism, authoritarianism, lack of critical reflection, irrationality, indoctrination, and corruption. These elements, critics claim, are the fundamental problems that have impeded Africa's economic, political, and technological development. Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions offers the unique and insightful argument that if communalism is properly understood and harnessed, it could provide the foundation for Africa's development. Zusammenfassung Examines the idea of communalism in African cultures as a dominant theme that provides the foundation for African traditional moral thoughts! moral education! values! beliefs! conceptions of reality! practices! and ways of life. This book also argues that when properly understood! it could provide the necessary foundation for Africa's development.

Autorentext

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



Zusammenfassung
Examines the idea of communalism in African cultures as a dominant theme that provides the foundation for African traditional moral thoughts, moral education, values, beliefs, conceptions of reality, practices, and ways of life. This book also argues that when properly understood, it could provide the necessary foundation for Africa's development.

Inhalt

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

Produktinformationen

Titel: Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions
Untertitel: Tradition
Autor:
EAN: 9780739114926
ISBN: 0739114921
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Lexington Books
Anzahl Seiten: 342
Gewicht: 526g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T20mm
Jahr: 2006