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Title:Some problems in the writing of the history of African philosophy
Author:Ogbogbo, C.B.N.
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Philosophy, Psychology
Abstract:In order to understand African philosophy, writing and knowing the history of African philosophy is essential. That African philosophy is facing a crisis of relevance is due, amongst others, to the lack of a comprehensive picture of African philosophical experience through the ages. What exists as history of African philosophy is at best disjointed fragments. This is so mainly because of the conceptual and methodological problems associated with writing the history of African philosophy. For instance, the exact nature and scope of African philosophy as an intellectual discipline remains polemical; periodization and categorization are problematical; and there is the question of sources, which is complicated by the tendency to attribute philosophical views to the community rather than an invididual and the nonliterate nature of most African societies in the past. Bibliogr., notes, ref.