The Heavy Burden of Philosophy
beyond African Philosophy
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The book investigates the phenomenon of unintended ethnocentric commitment as the Ibuarụ (heavy burden) of philosophy as a culture-related undertaking in the age of globalization. Drawing examples from within and outside African philosophy the author shows the special character of the problem beyond the classical issue of value-oriented bias in inquiry. With particular reference to African philosophy, the author shows how this phenomenon has to do with what he calls the “Tempelsian damage”. He delves into matters arising from this phenomenon as they relate to the “universal and categorical character statements”, “raw and complementary cognitive ambiences”, “encrypted phenomena”, “the arụsi controversy”, “conceptual decolonization”, “meaning and language”, “origin of ideas”, “copycat-philosophy” etc.