The Method and Principles of Complementary Reflection in and beyond African Philosophy
First published: July-2004 Publisher: Calabar University Press University Press
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Questions relating to types of philosophical traditions within African philosophy can be very decisive for any idea of African philosophy. In this strikingly novel approach to African Philosophy, the author explores a complementary philosophical trend that goes back to those he calls anonymous traditional African philosophers. Based on their thoughts, the author articulates a distinctive variant of the principles, method and imperative of complementarity (Ibu anyi danda) around which he builds his system. He anchors his reflection on such ambient concepts as the joy of being (jide k’ iji), fragmentation, wholeness, future reference and missing link. He shows how through consistent practical application of these concepts the mind can be guided towards the attainment of, what he calls, the experience of transcendent complementary unity of consciousness.