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Document Type:master thesismetadata.dc.title:Traditional and modern positions within the debate on the definition and content of African philosophyOther Titles:Traditional and modern positions within the debate on definition and content of African philosophyAuthors:Gebel, AlenaInstitutes:Faculty I Faculty of PhilosophyFree keywords:African Philosophy, Ethnophilosophy, Wisdom Philosophy, Great DebateDewey Decimal Classification:100 philosophyGHBS classes:HKLA
HNRIssue Date:2016Publish Date:2016Abstract:
The present work deals with the questions whether there is an African philosophy, and if so, what it looks like. These questions are almost inevitable in the investigation of the complex of African philosophy and are addressed in detail in numerous introductions to writings on the subject, in which the author takes a position on the questions in order to classify his position. In Europe, too, they are still very topical today, as African philosophy is still little researched and little represented at European universities.
The handling of the questions faces the fundamental challenge of reconciling the terms “African” and “philosophy”: Is there only philosophy in Africa or an independent African philosophy? Is "philosophy" to be understood as a strict methodological science, such as is represented, for example, at European universities? Or is “philosophy” to be understood as the love of wisdom, that is, wisdom teaching, as it is also practiced in traditional-cultural Africa? The first definition of philosophy is represented by professional African philosophers, who are included in the title of this work under “modern positions”, as they contrast themselves as “modernists” with “traditionalists” who prefer the second definition of philosophy. This definition of philosophy presupposes that philosophy is bound to analytical procedures which the professional positions in traditional-cultural Africa have not yet seen proven. The investigations are accompanied by the fundamental problem that only a few scriptures can be found and preserved in Africa. “Traditional positions” - similar to the representatives of intercultural philosophy - advocate a broad definition of culture and philosophy, so as not to deny any culture its claim to philosophy and to avoid a Eurocentric monopoly. The opposite side of professional philosophers is accused of a Western-influenced view of the definition and content of philosophy, which is expressed, for example, in the one-sidedness of calling for the currently predominant Western analytics in Africa.
From these opposing positions, the so-called “Great Debate” flared up in African philosophical circles in the 1970s, the points of contention of which are elaborated in the present work. For this purpose, the work was divided into two parts: the first part attempts to divide African philosophy into periods and schools and to present it historically. Since the fundamental question of whether there is an African philosophy at all is still discussed today, the historical list remains one of several. The second part of the work examines selected points of contention in the debate in a discussion section.
URN:urn: nbn: de: hbz: 467-10138URI:https://dspace.ub.uni-siegen.de/handle/ubsi/1013License:https://dspace.ub.uni-siegen.de/static/license.txtAppears in Collections:University theses