By Messay Kebede
This ebook discovers freedom within the colonial thought of African primitiveness. As human transcendence, freedom escapes the drawbacks of otherness, as defended through ethnophilosophy, whereas exposing the idiosyncratic thought of Eurocentric universalism. Decolonization demands the reconnection with freedom, that's, with myth-making understood because the inaugural act of cultural pluralism. The cultural of modernization emerges whilst the go back to the earlier deploys the longer term.
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Furthermore, the very attempt to show that the Bantu have a philosophy directs Tempels toward the elucidation of their philosophical difference. No other way exists to refute the colonial denial of philosophy than to display their philosophical originality. The recognition does not dismiss the philosophical difference, but insists that the disparity stems less from a different mind than from a different conception or interpretation of experience. As a product of reflection, it exhibits philosophical divergences within a shared mentality.
Let us ask ourselves whether a philosophical difference of this nature can really inaugurate the African otherness. Differences on the nature of being proliferate in Western philosophy without thereby invoking the idea of otherness. Starting from the pre-Socratic philosophers, who identified being with water, fire, and the indefinite, up to Plato and the whole trend of idealist philosophers, the arguments have been that what is said about being is truer the less being is extended or equated with the visible.
That Western trends of thought rose against the dominance of reason pleads for a nuanced reception of the identification of the West with rationality. B. The Discovery of Western Idiosyncrasy Predictably, the thinkers who judged the trend of Western civilization as far from being satisfactory were warming to the idea of other civilizations as alternatives. The notion of a Western breakthrough was not for them a convincing idea, for they noted progress in some directions but also regress and loss in other equally important aspects of life.