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Unisa Press

Reason, memory & politics

Author Emmanuel Eze
Format 245 mm x 165 mm (Laminated softcover)
Pages xviiii + 147
Publish Year 2008
ISBN 13 978186888-403-2
Item 7986
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What does it mean, early in the twenty-first century, to be an African philosopher? In effect, how does African philosophy remain relevant in the age of globalisation? These are two of the momentous questions Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze addresses in Reason, Memory and Politics. As the author says himself: ‘From what one reads of current intellectual climates, it is hard to picture with much clarity what sorts of problems philosophers of Africa or African philosophers are working on.’

Eze in this work engages his African colleagues’ philosophies in a way that contributes to a re‑invention of the global society, or at least in promoting the idea of communities of researchers dedicated to investigating emerging new questions about the futures of the discipline and its social and historical roles in the broader intellectual and ethical formation of modern, post-modern, non‑sexist, non-racist and post‑colonial subjectivities.

`This book forms part of an emerging zone of scholarship which seeks to theorize Africa and its intellectual lineages in a broader universal perspective. It is highly pertinent and cutting-edge’, says Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Languages and literature, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Preface Philosophy and Autobiography
Introduction Twenty-first Century Philosophy: Upgrade!
Chapter 1 Diversity and Rationality
Chapter 2 Languages of Reason
Chapter 3 Philosophy, Science and Culture
Chapter 4 On Double Consciousness
Chapter 5 History and Postcolonial Consciousness
Chapter 6 Language and Existence
Chapter 7 Reason and Unreason in Politics
Works Cited

About the author
Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze was Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at DePaul University, Chicago. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Jesuit colleges in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo and at Fordham University in New York. His teaching specializations are in European and African philosophy, social and political theory, and postcolonial studies. His previous publications include Achieving our Humanity: The Idea of the Postracial Future (2001), Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical Reader (1998), and Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader (1997). He edits the journal Philosophia Africana.