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Cultural universals and particulars [electronic resource] : an African perspective / Kwasi Wiredu.

By: Wiredu, Kwasi.
Material type: TextTextSeries: African systems of thought: Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1996Description: 1 online resource (237 p.).ISBN: 0585001375 (electronic bk.); 9780585001371 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Philosophy, Akan | Akan (African people) -- Religion | Akan (African people) -- Social conditions | Philosophy, African | Universalism | Particularism (Theology) | PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Modern | Electronic booksGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cultural universals and particulars.DDC classification: 199/.6/089963385 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
1. Introduction: The Universal and the Particular -- 2. A Philosophical Perspective on the Concept of Human Communication -- 3. Are There Cultural Universals? -- 4. The Biological Foundation of Universal Norms -- 5. Universalism and Particularism in Religion from an African Perspective -- 6. Custom and Morality: A Comparative Analysis of Some African and Western Conceptions of Morals -- 7. Formulating Modern Thought in African Languages: Some Theoretical Considerations -- 8. The Concept of Truth in the Akan Language -- 9. African Philosophical Tradition: A Case Study of the Akan -- 10. The Need for Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy -- 11. Post-Colonial African Philosophy -- 12. An Akan Perspective on Human Rights -- 13. Philosophy and the Political Problem of Human Rights -- 14. Democracy and Consensus: A Plea for a Non-Party Polity -- 15. Postscript: Reflections on Some Reactions.
Summary: The eminent Ghanaian philosopher Kwasi Wiredu confronts the paradox that while Western cultures recoil from claims of universality, previously colonized peoples, seeking to redefine their identities, insist on cultural particularities. Wiredu's exposition of the principles of African traditional philosophy is not purely theoretical; he shows how certain aspects of African political thought may be applied to the practical resolution of some of Africa's most pressing problems.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-229) and index.

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1. Introduction: The Universal and the Particular -- 2. A Philosophical Perspective on the Concept of Human Communication -- 3. Are There Cultural Universals? -- 4. The Biological Foundation of Universal Norms -- 5. Universalism and Particularism in Religion from an African Perspective -- 6. Custom and Morality: A Comparative Analysis of Some African and Western Conceptions of Morals -- 7. Formulating Modern Thought in African Languages: Some Theoretical Considerations -- 8. The Concept of Truth in the Akan Language -- 9. African Philosophical Tradition: A Case Study of the Akan -- 10. The Need for Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy -- 11. Post-Colonial African Philosophy -- 12. An Akan Perspective on Human Rights -- 13. Philosophy and the Political Problem of Human Rights -- 14. Democracy and Consensus: A Plea for a Non-Party Polity -- 15. Postscript: Reflections on Some Reactions.

The eminent Ghanaian philosopher Kwasi Wiredu confronts the paradox that while Western cultures recoil from claims of universality, previously colonized peoples, seeking to redefine their identities, insist on cultural particularities. Wiredu's exposition of the principles of African traditional philosophy is not purely theoretical; he shows how certain aspects of African political thought may be applied to the practical resolution of some of Africa's most pressing problems.

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