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Title:African democratic tradition: oneness, consensus and openness: a reply to Wamba-dia-Wamba
Author:Ramose, Mogobe B.ISNI
Year:1992
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:63-83
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:democracy
politics
Wamba dia Wamba, E.
political science
Abstract:Western-style democracy is neither emancipative nor is it an authentic expression of contemporary African political culture. The indigenous conquered people of Africa must construct an epistemological paradigm on their own as a means of expressing their authenticity and in order to attain true liberation. In reaffirming this philosophical insight, the author focuses on the significance of the thesis developed by E. Wamba-dia-Wamba in an article entitled 'Beyond elite politics of democracy in Africa' (Quest, vol. 6, no. 1 (1992), p. 29-42), viz. that Africa should move towards 'traditional society' and away from the mimetic internalization of 'the colonial State'. Proceeding from the standpoint of philosophy of liberation, he examines the democratic tradition of the indigenous conquered people of Africa and singles out the following significant principles of traditional African political culture: recognition of the oneness rather than the unity of being (another way of expressing the principle of human equality which, via the principle of reciprocity, crystallizes into the principle of solidarity in the sphere of political relations); the almost infinite quest for consensus (a manifestation of the principle of solidarity); and openness to being. Bibliogr., sum. in French (p. 62).
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