A short history of African philosophy /

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Author / Creator: Hallen, B.
Format: Book
Imprint: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2002]
Retention:Retained for Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST) http://eastlibraries.org/retained-materials
Summary:A Short History of African Philosophy discusses major ideas, figures, and schools of thought in philosophy in the African context. While drawing out critical issues in the formation of African philosophy, Barry Hallen focuses on recent scholarship and relevant debates that have made African philosophy essential to understanding the rich and complex cultural heritage of the continent. Hallen builds on its connections with Western philosophical traditions to explore African contributions to cultural universalism, cultural relativism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and Marxism. He also examines African challenges to Western conceptions of philosophy by taking on such questions as whether philosophy can exist in cultures that are significantly based on oral tradition and what may or may not constitute philosophical texts.
Physical Description:vii, 133 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-130) and index.
Author Notes:Barry Hallen is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Morehouse College and Fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University