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The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge (African Systems of Thought) epub ebook

by V.Y. Mudimbe

The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge (African Systems of Thought) epub ebook

Author: V.Y. Mudimbe
Category: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: James Currey (January 1, 1990)
Pages: 256 pages
ISBN: 0852552033
ISBN13: 978-0852552032
Rating: 4.7
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The Idea of Africa (African Systems of Thought). First of all, this book doesn't quite live up to its title - I expected Mudimbe to write about the invention of the concept of Africa, which he chose as a topic for his book 'The Idea of Africa.

The Idea of Africa (African Systems of Thought). It also doesn't really attempt to establish any sort of theory of how African philosophy has developed and exists today.

The invention of africa. This book evolved accidentally, as a result of an invitation to prepare a survey of African philosophy. James Fernandez Luc de Heusch John Middleton. INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS Bloomington and Indianapolis JAMES CURREY London. Strictly speaking, the notion of African philosophy refers to contributions of Africans practicing philosophy within the defined framework of the discipline and its historical tradition (Horton, 1976; Hountondji, 1977).

What is the meaning of Africa and being an African? . Mudimbe goes beyond the classic issues of African anthropology or history.

What is the meaning of Africa and being an African? What is and what is not African philosophy? Is philosophy part of Africanism? . He says that the book attempts an archeology of African gnosis as a system of knowledge in which major philosophical questions recently have arisen: first, concerning the form, the content, and the style of Africanizing knowledge; second, concerning the status of traditional systems of thought. He is directly concerned with the processes of transformation of different types of knowledge.

The Invention of Africa book. Mudimbe himself continually pulls the lines of thought together and sets the stage for our next adventure This book was received just as promised. The condition was good, and the delivery was timely. Thanks for the great product.

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The Idea of Africa, African Systems of Thought, Indiana University Press, (1994)

Parables and Fables : Exegesis Textuality and Politics in Central Africa, The University of Wisconsin Press (1991). The Surreptitious Speech: Presence Africaine and the Politics of Otherness 1947-1987, University of Chicago Press (1992). The Idea of Africa, African Systems of Thought, Indiana University Press, (1994). Tales of Faith: Religion as Political Performance in Central Africa, Athlone Press (1997).

International Journal of African Historical Studies "Mudimbe's description of the struggles over Africa's self-invention are vivid and rewarding. From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa's literary inventors. Village Voice Literary Supplement. a landmark achievement in African studies. 13. I Discourse of power and knowledge of otherness.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS Bloomington and Indianapolis JAMES CURREY London. The invention of africa.

African Systems of Thought. African Theology En Route. New York: Orbis Books. London: Oxford University Press. An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. African Traditional Thought and Western Science, in Wilson, B. R. (e. Rationality. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Church Presence in Africa: A Historical Analysis of the Evangelization Process in Appiah-Kubi, and Torres, (ed.

ISBN: 9780148313248, 9781597408912. A study of an African system of philosophy and knowledge, as oriented within and without European systems of thought. org) online version of the same title.

What is the meaning of Africa and of being African? What is and what is not African philosophy? Is philosophy part of Africanism? These are the kind of fundamental questions which this book addresses. North America: Indiana U Press
Reviews (5)
Visonima
Academic but very enlightening.

Cae
This book was received just as promised. The condition was good, and the delivery was timely. Thanks for the great product.

Amhirishes
First of all, this book doesn't quite live up to its title - I expected Mudimbe to write about the invention of the concept of Africa, which he chose as a topic for his book 'The Idea of Africa.' It also doesn't really attempt to establish any sort of theory of how African philosophy has developed and exists today. Rather, he draws heavily on Foucault (as to be expected, of course) plus Levi-Strauss and others to critically examine eurocentric approaches to African philosophy and point out how African philosophy emphasizes the 'alterity of the subject' and 'the passion of subject-object that doesn't vanish.'
Yet this method is faulty in several ways. First, as the above quotes reveal, Mudimbe is a big fan of academic jargon. His writing could be a lot clearer when he's trying to get a point across as opposed to merely skewering eurocentrists.
Second, Mudimbe could have spent more time surveying African philosophy rather than just criticizing eurocentric misinterpretations and misreadings. He does devote a chapter to the pan-Africanist Edward Blyden but is unwilling to delve into a systematic history of native African philosophies prior to colonialism. Indeed, part of the problem of this book is an unwillingness on Mudimbe's part to move away from European-educated Africans and their application of Marxim, post-modernism and other European philosophical movements to African philosophy. If he did examine more native philosophies like he does with Alexis Kagame's work on Bantu philosophy, the reader might actually gain some insight into the varieties and diversity of African philosophy. Of course, such a discussion might (and probably would) invalidate any use of the word 'African' to describe one system of thought as Mudimbe continually uses here.
Third, Mudimbe seems to be critical of everyone except his heroes like Levi-Strauss and, especially, Foucault. While very important for anyone writing about contemporary philosophy, Foucault has his faults as well, yet Mudimbe has no interest in critically examining Foucault's use of epistemes to describe the history of knowledge. I as a reader would have enjoyed an African criticism of Foucault, especially one that deals with Foucault's relentless reliance upon French sources with little regard for non-Europeans' own native or original epistemes.
This is all unfortunate because Mudimbe obviously has the skills to write a great book on African philosophy (or philosophies). Too bad this is not that book.

Gogul
Mudimbe does philosophy like a talk-show host or a parliamentary speaker. His benches are packed with hundreds of religious leaders, political thinkers, anthropologists and philosophers who have moved African self-understanding. Their discussions are most eloquent, but unfortunately there is scarcely a woman in the auditorium.

In these pages Carl Sagan undertakes to test Dogon cosmology. Zulu Chief Buthalezi and F. Eboussi-Boulaga debate the directions of African religion. The "Bantu Philosophy" of Belgian priest Placide Temples is chewed over by ethnophilosopher Alexis Kagame. Mudimbe himself continually pulls the lines of thought together and sets the stage for our next adventure.

Kuve
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