Philosophy in an African Place
Philosophy in an African Place shifts the central question of African philosophy from "Is there an African philosophy?" to "What is it to do philosophy in this (African) place?" This book both opens up new questions within the field and also establishes "philosophy-in-place", a mode of philosophy which begins from the places in which concepts have currency and shows how a truly creative philosophy can emerge from focusing on questioning, listening, and attention to difference.
- Paperback | 282 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
- 09 Dec 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- black & white illustrations
Clear and systematic, empathetic and well thought out, this is, without doubt, one of the best introductions to a contemporary African practice of Philosophy. -- V. Y. Mudimbe Janz urges a questioning of traditional philosophical questions about reason, culture, ethics, and language in an effort to reposition philosophy-and African philosophy in particular-without he limits assumed by current philosophical practice...This is an ambitious and potentially significant work...Recommended. -- C.D. Kay CHOICE For at least half a century the question of what constitutes African Philosophy has provoked some of the most profound reflections on the nature of philosophy in general. Bruce B. Janz makes a major contribution to that debate. This book deserves to be widely read by philosophers and non-philosophers alike, and can be profitably studied even by those who to their shame have not yet given the question of African philosophy a second thought. -- Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
About Bruce B. Janz
Bruce B. Janz is chair of the department of philosophy at the University of Central Florida.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Philosophy-in-Place Chapter 2. Tradition in the Periphery Chapter 3. Questioning Reason Chapter 4. "Wisdom Is Actually Thought" Chapter 5. Culture and the Problem of Universality Chapter 6. Listening to Language Chapter 7. Practicality: African Philosophy's Debts and Duties Chapter 8. Locating African Philosophy