Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

Philosophical Perspectives on Communalism and Morality in African Traditions

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This book examines the idea of communalism in African cultures as a dominant philosophical theme that provides the conceptual foundation for African traditional moral thoughts, moral education, values, beliefs, conceptions of reality, practices, ways of life, and the now popular African saying, 'it takes a village to raise a child.' It defends communalism against various criticisms and argues that when properly understood and harnessed, it could provide the necessary foundation for Africa's more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 27.9mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739114921
  • 9780739114926
  • 2,152,326

About Polycarp Ikuenobe

Polycarp Ikuenobe is associate professor of Philosophy at Kent State more

Review quote

This book is a much-needed conceptual and pragmatic study of the existence and significance of African communalism and philosophy. African American Review This book will stimulate much debate in African philosophy...This is an important contribution to contemporary African political philosophy. Philosophy in Review, October 2008 Prof. Ikuenobe is breaking important new ground with this is well-written, engaging, and will appeal to a broad audience. -- H. Gene Blocker, Ohio Universityshow more

Table of contents

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 Criticismsshow more