Africana Philosophy: Prospects and Possibilities

Tsenay Serequeberhan

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Africana Philosophy: Prospects and Possibilities

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From the fifteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, victimized by the slave trade and colonial dismemberment, Africa was relegated to nonexistence. The Continent was immersed in darkness and its varied people, in the sight of Europe, were seen and presented as an arcane and exotic “prelogical” humanity in need of “development” in every sphere of human existence. During this period, the existence of Africa was negated and blotted out of history. But starting from 1957 Africa bit by bit established its political freedom, and the early 1990s, with the demise of Apartheid South Africa, finally saw the fulfillment of Africa's struggle for political sovereignty. This article addresses the following question: what is the philosophic situation of the present regarding the “ideas” and “conceptions” that, until recently, sanctioned supremacy and subjection? It looks at recent developments in Continental philosophy and the fruitful confluence of these developments with the prospects and possibilities of the contemporary practice of Africana philosophy.

Keywords: African philosophy; South Africa; Africana; Continental philosophy

Article.  5560 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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