The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy

The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy : Horizon and Discourse

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Hermeneutics is a crucial but neglected perspective in African philosophy. Here, Tsenay Serequeberhan engages post-colonial African literature and the ideas of the African liberation struggle with critically-used insights from the European philosophical tradition. Continuing the work of Theophilus Okere and Okonda Okolo, this book attempts to overcome the debate between ethnophilosophy and professional philosophy, demonstrating that the promise of African philosophy lies with the critical development of the African hermeneutical perspective.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13.21mm | 249g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415908027
  • 9780415908023
  • 2,839,595

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This is the first book to explore African thought from the perspective of philosophical hermeneutics. The author engages in a critical reading of the self-understanding of the African liberation struggle and the insights of post-colonial African literature.
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Table of contents

Introduction - Philosophy in the Present Context of Africa; Philosophy and Post-Colonial Africa - Historicity and Thought; African Philosophy - Horizon and Discourse; Colonialism and the Colonized - Violence and Counter-Violence; The Liberation Struggle - Existence and Historicity; Conclusion - Africa in the Present Context of Philosophy.
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