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The Resource The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy and the foundation of knowledge

The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy and the foundation of knowledge

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The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy and the foundation of knowledge
Title
The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy and the foundation of knowledge
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What is the meaning of Africa and being an African? What is and what is not African philosophy? Is philosophy part of Africanism? These are the kinds of fundamental questions that this book addresses. V.Y. Mudimbe argues that the various discourses themselves establish the worlds of thought in which people conceive their identity. Western anthropology and missionaries have introduced distortions not only for outsiders but also for Africans trying to understand themselves. Mudimbe goes beyond the classic issues of African anthropology or history. He says that the book attempts an archeology of African gnosis as a system of knowledge in which major philosophical questions recently have arisen: first, concerning the form, the content, and the style of Africanizing knowledge; second, concerning the status of traditional systems of thought. He is directly concerned with the processes of transformation of different types of knowledge."--Book cover
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UkLiU
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1941-
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Mudimbe, V. Y.
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
African systems of thought
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Philosophy, African
  • Knowledge, Theory of
Label
The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy and the foundation of knowledge
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-232) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
INTRODUCTION --- I. Discourse of power and knowledge of otherness --- II. Questions of method --- III. The Power of speech --- IV. E.W. Blyden's legacy and questions --- V. The Patience of philosophy --- Conclusion: The geography of a discourse
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 241 pages
Isbn
9780253204684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The invention of Africa: gnosis, philosophy and the foundation of knowledge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
INTRODUCTION --- I. Discourse of power and knowledge of otherness --- II. Questions of method --- III. The Power of speech --- IV. E.W. Blyden's legacy and questions --- V. The Patience of philosophy --- Conclusion: The geography of a discourse
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 241 pages
Isbn
9780253204684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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