Self and Community in a Changing World

Self and Community in a Changing World

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Revisiting African philosophy's classic questions, D. A. Masolo advances understandings of what it means to be human-whether of African or other origin. Masolo reframes indigenous knowledge as diversity: How are we to understand the place and structure of consciousness? How does the everyday color the world we know? Where are the boundaries between self and other, universal and particular, and individual and community? From here, he takes a dramatic turn toward Africa's current political situation and considers why individual rights and freedoms have not been recognized, respected, demanded, or enforced. Masolo offers solutions for containing socially destructive conduct and antisocial tendencies by engaging community. His unique thinking about community and the role of the individual extends African philosophy in new, global more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253222028
  • 9780253222022
  • 1,192,985

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"D. A. Masolo is one of the leading African philosophers and nobody who has studied his African Philosophy in Search of Identity can fail to be excited when they pick up this new book." -Robert Bernasconi, Penn State University "Inspiring not only to those who are directly related to the African discussion, but also to any thinker who asks how in the world we can coexist with that which makes us singular and that which we share with the other." -Jean-Godefroy Bidima, Tulane Universityshow more

About D. A. Masolo

D. A. Masolo is Professor of Philosophy and Justus Bier Professor of Humanities at the University of Louisville. He is author of African Philosophy in Search of Identity (IUP, 1994) and editor (with Ivan Karp) of African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry (IUP, 2000).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Philosophy and Indigenous Knowledge2. Philosophy and the Orders of Consciousness3. Revaluation of Values and the Demand for Liberties4. Understanding Personhood: An African Philosophical Anthropology5. Juok as the Moral Foundation of Personhood6. Two Forms of Communitarianism: A ComparisonIn Lieu of a Conclusion: A Village Symposium on ExperienceNotesReferencesIndexshow more

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