Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Boulaga, Fabien Eboussi. Muntu in Crisis: African Authenticity and Philosophy

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Boulaga, Fabien Eboussi. Muntu in Crisis: African Authenticity and Philosophy

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Boulaga, Fabien Eboussi. Muntu in Crisis: African Authenticity and Philosophy. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2014, pp.278, ISBN: 1592219896.

This seemingly overlooked 2014 book (first published in 1977 in French) in African philosophy asks how could Muntu (the human being in the African condition) initiate/found a practice of philosophy that assumes and testifies to the singularity of the African situation today and assert self as subject and object of his/her parole. Second, it asks under which conditions can the practice of philosophy be a praxis of liberation, and discourse to constitute itself for self, by imparting to itself, in form and content, in the language of one's own history, that is the unfolding of its historical reason or reasonable history which set the fundamental and existential questions at the heart of Muntu. Thus, the author works to lay out the foundations of a rigorous African philosophical practice, free from the burdens of the rationality which, by rejecting sentiment, color, history, accident and the local, that manifested itself as another name of violence or war, not only spiritual, but real. And next, he demounts the grammar and the rhetoric of ethnophilosophy to deconstruct the thrill of the colonized subject claiming to possess philosophies and engagement in the reconstruction of a lost or denied authenticity, while losing sight of suffered alienation. …

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