Kwasi Wiredu: Philosophy and an African culture. xiv, pp. Cambridge, etc.: Cambridge University Press, – Volume 45 Issue 2. Pfubsophy and an African Culture. By Kwasi Wiredu. Cambridge University Press , , xiv + pp., £ Is philosophy ‘culture bound’, or is there, if not a. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Philosophy and An African Culture | Part I: 1. Philosophy and On an African orientation in philosophy 3. Kwasi Wiredu.

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This in turn has led to the neglect of many other important intellectual traditions. Research in African Literatures. First, the article offers a close reading of the theory itself and then locates it within the broader movement of modern African thought.

However, in the contemporary re-evaluations of Marxism a few discursive elements need to be clarified; the inclusion cupture the demarcation of Cold War and post Cold War assessments of Marxism ought to be employed as an analytical yardstick and also the necessity to sift through the various specters and legacies of Marx as distinct from those of Marxism. Philosophical thinking strongly emphasizes clear formulation of ideas and problems, selection of relevant data, and objective methods for assessing ideas and proposals.

As noted earlier, Wiredu was trained in a particular tradition of Western philosophy: By conceptual decolonization, Wiredu advocates a re-examination of current African epistemic formations in order to accomplish two objectives. Universals and Particulars of Wiredu Wiredu rise argument agaist relativism in its various form like cognitive ethical and cultural and shows how the possibility and actula existence of universal on coceptual cognitive and ethical grounds.


A person with philosophical training can readily learn to do the same in any field. In this way, Wiredu is offering a critique of a certain traditional practice that ought to be discarded on account of the demands and realities of a modern economy. He has also been very consistent in his output and uclture quality of his reflections regardless of some of their more obvious limitations.

Their thoughts and philosophy will be biased to the culture of the language.

Forced dogmas deny others the opportunity to think for themselves. But from it, we get a glimpse of not only his political orientation but also his philosophical predilections. Wiredu, for many decades, was involved with a project he termed conceptual decolonization in contemporary African systems of thought.

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Furthermore, he had precious little to say on the nature of the relationship between philosophy and morality. Donald Bouchard, Ithaca, NY: Not only does he summarise wireud outline their beliefs in many of his works but he also challenges outsiders predispositions to African beliefs. One of the first texts of African philosophy that he read was J. African Philosophy and the Decolonisation of Education in Africa: On this important formulation of his he states:.

In order to appreciate the conceptual and historical contexts of his work, it is necessary to possess some familiarity with relevant discourses in African studies and history, wireud, literature and postcolonial theory, particularly those advanced by Edward W. This is not to assert that decolonization always has to avail itself of indigenous procedures, but the very concept of decolonization is in fact concerned with breaking away from imperial structures of dominance in order to express a will to self-identity or presence.


In a way, in fact the contemporary discourses of endism that draw from the spirit of neoliberal triumphalism, without acknowledging it, are greatly indebted to Marxism and the more constructive critiques of it.

Log In Sign Up. Wiredu also is certain that African tradition is not “purely theoretical because he shows how certain aspects of African political thought may be applied to the practical resolution of some of Africa’s most pressing problems. The Case of African Women.

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Wiredu believes that pilosophy can be universal though it is culture relative in actuality through logical anx. As a philosopher versed in analytic philosophy, truth is a primary concern of Wiredu and this concern is incorporated into his analysis of Marxist philosophy.

Innocent Asouzu – – University of Calabar Press. Indeed, it amounts to a dismissal of Marx in spite of the attempt to read him without the obfuscations of innumerable legacies.

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Culture as Philosophy of the First Order Activity. This discursive hegemony had led an evident degree of parochialism. Views Read Edit View history.