On ‘African Philosophy’

INTRODUCTION TO HOUNTONDJI The article printed below is extracted from African Philosophy: Myth and Reality, by Paulin Hountondji, which was published by Hutchinson in June 1983. Hountondji was born in the Ivory Coast, and received his Higher Education in Paris, where he was a pupil of Althusser in the middle 1960s. He is now Professor […]

Out of Africa

Social scientists have long grappled with ideas about race. In recent years, discussion on the significance of these ideas – particularly in exploring notions of identity, and the cultural and political options these appear to make available – have penetrated other areas of the humanities. A spate of recent publications signals that it is philosophyʼs […]

The African intellectual

The African intellectual Hountondji and after Omedi ochieng Every thought, however original it may be, is to some extent shaped by the questions that it is asked. Paulin J. Hountondji, The Struggle for MeaningOne of the characteristic features of African philosophy is that it tends to pose epistemological questions in terms that preserve their dialectical […]