Struggle For Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture, and Democracy in Africa Paulin J. Hountondji

ISBN: 9780896802254

Published: December 15th 2002

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368 pages


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Struggle For Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture, and Democracy in Africa  by  Paulin J. Hountondji

Struggle For Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture, and Democracy in Africa by Paulin J. Hountondji
December 15th 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 368 pages | ISBN: 9780896802254 | 8.28 Mb

The Struggle for Meaning is a landmark publication by one of African philosophys leading figures, Paulin J. Hountondji, best known for his critique of ethnophilosophy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In this volume, he responds withMoreThe Struggle for Meaning is a landmark publication by one of African philosophys leading figures, Paulin J.

Hountondji, best known for his critique of ethnophilosophy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In this volume, he responds with autobiographical and philosophical reflection to the dialogue and controversy he has provoked. He discusses the ideas, rooted in the work of such thinkers as Husserl and Hountondjis former teachers Derrida, Althusser, and Ricoeur, that helped shape his critique.Applying his philosophical ideas to the critical issues of democracy, culture, and development in Africa today, he addresses three crucial topics: the nexus between scientific extraversion and economic dependence- the nature of endogenous traditions of thought and their relationship with modern science- and the implications—for political pluralism and democracy—of the emergence of “philosophies of subject” in Africa.While the books immediate concern is with Africa, the densely theoretical nature of its analyses, and its bearing on current postmodern theories of the “other,” will make this timely and elegant translation of great interest to many disciplines, especially ethnic, gender, and multicultural studies.



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