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Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy

  • Edwin E. Etieyibo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Edwin E. Etieyibo
    Pages 1-9
  3. African Philosophy and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Barry Hallen
      Pages 35-52
    3. Dismas A. Masolo
      Pages 53-69
    4. Edwin E. Etieyibo, Jonathan O. Chimakonam
      Pages 71-90
  4. Method in African Philosophy

  5. Substance of African Philosophy

  6. African Philosophy and Its Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Ifeanyi A. Menkiti
      Pages 293-311

About this book


This book takes stock of the strides made to date in African philosophy. Authors focus on four important aspects of African philosophy: the history, methodological debates, substantive issues in the field, and direction for the future.  By collating this anthology, Edwin E. Etieyibo excavates both current and primordial knowledge in African philosophy, enhancing the development of this growing field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Edwin E. Etieyibo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

About the editors

Edwin E. Etieyibo is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author (with Odirin Omiegbe) of the book, Disabilities in Nigeria; Attitudes, Reactions, and Remediation (2017).

Bibliographic information


“This is an outstanding and brilliant book; one of the most important collections on African philosophy that has recently been published. The book excellently engages with a number of important themes in philosophy and thereby makes a substantial contribution to the field. The editor, as well as the authors—both prominent and rising scholars in African philosophy—should be commended for bringing together this volume.” (Paulin J. Hountondji, Université Nationale du Bénin, Cotonou, Republic of Benin) “The clarity, depth of analysis, and erudition in this volume addressing both the method and content of that growing body of knowledge known as African philosophy is impressive and commendable. Such an achievement is just one more convincing testimony that African philosophy is philosophy.  Let's hope it will help level the playing field in a way that allows the authentic voices of Africa to be heard and taken seriously in the global arena. Global justice must be anchored in truth and wisdom, both of which are abundantly found in this fine volume.” (Edward Joseph Alam, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon)