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The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy

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  • Allows new and established scholars of African Philosophy to re-engage their own and other philosophers’ ideas, arguments, and thoughts about Africa and her predicament in a global world where issues of knowledge, technologies, sexuality, hybridity, gender, neoliberalism, and terrorism have become major intellectual staples
  • Provides researchers, students and teachers of African Philosophy with a handy volume about the past, current states, and future possibilities of the discipline
  • Represents a comprehensive handbook in a field that has not had such a volume for many years
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About this book

This handbook investigates the current state and future possibilities of African Philosophy, as a discipline and as a practice, vis-à-vis the challenge of African development and Africa’s place in a globalized, neoliberal capitalist economy. The volume offers a comprehensive survey of the philosophical enterprise in Africa, especially with reference to current discourses, arguments and new issues—feminism and gender, terrorism and fundamentalism, sexuality, development, identity, pedagogy and multidisciplinarity, etc.—that are significant for understanding how Africa can resume its arrested march towards decolonization and liberation.   

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Table of contents (50 chapters)


“Well conceived and deftly executed, the Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy is unique in its vision of broadening the compass of African Philosophy. The contributors, established and budding philosophers, have succeeded in further opening the windows of the discipline to the world of scholarship.” (Segun Gbadegesin, Author of African Philosophy: Traditional Yoruba Philosophy and Contemporary African Realities)

“The Handbook of African Philosophy is an exquisite portrait of the emerging philosophical scholarship in Africa. With intellectual rigor, it displays the paradoxical power of presenting the nature and trajectory of philosophies in Africa as they are and of inventing them with edgy creativity. It sums up and sets forth African philosophy with a stamp of authority.” (Nimi Wariboko, Boston University School of Theology, USA)

“This book is a felicitous continuation and renewal of the acclaimed Companion to African Philosophy edited in 2004 by Kwasi Wiredu. Once again African and Africanist philosophers, reflecting on the intellectual history of the continent, on the important concepts that have been produced in its many languages, on the issues it faces today, have risen to the challenge of adding another soon to be classic to the African philosophical library.” (Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University, USA)

“The Handbook of African Philosophy presents a compendium of voices of contemporary African and Africanist philosophers on how philosophy could be reinvented to surmount the perennial, yet multi-faceted challenges the continent faces in a fast globalizing world. This collection reveals that African philosophyhas glided beyond the zest for certification to that of affirming its relevance in the remaking of world history.” (Francis Offor, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

    Adeshina Afolayan

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA

    Toyin Falola

About the editors

Adeshina Afolayan holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is the editor of Auteuring Nollywood (2014).


Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy

  • Editors: Adeshina Afolayan, Toyin Falola

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-59290-3Published: 19 November 2017

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-59291-0Published: 17 November 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 867

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of Philosophy, African History, Non-Western Philosophy, African Culture

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