Understanding and Ontology in Traditional African Thought

Lee M. Brown

in African Philosophy

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195114409
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785827 | DOI:
 Understanding and Ontology in Traditional African Thought

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This essay discusses how ontological commitments within modern Western culture are no less problematic than those within traditional African cultures. Each posits unobservable entities to explain the experiential world, and neither has ready access to those posits held as grounding or as otherwise determining what is experienced. It looks at the conceptions of persons in Western and African traditions and suggests that each tradition can learn from the other.

Keywords: African culture; ontology; Western culture; personhood

Chapter.  8912 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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