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978-0-7391-3668-3 • Hardback • September 2009 • $120.00 • (£92.00)
978-0-7391-3669-0 • Paperback • December 2011 • $51.99 • (£40.00)
Bruce B. Janz is chair of the department of philosophy at the University of Central Florida.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Philosophy-in-Place
Chapter 2. Tradition in the Periphery
Chapter 3. Questioning Reason
Chapter 4. "Wisdom Is Actually Thought"
Chapter 5. Culture and the Problem of Universality
Chapter 6. Listening to Language
Chapter 7. Practicality: African Philosophy's Debts and Duties
Chapter 8. Locating African Philosophy
Clear and systematic, empathetic and well thought out, this is, without doubt, one of the best introductions to a contemporary African practice of Philosophy.
— V. Y. Mudimbe
Janz urges a questioning of traditional philosophical questions about reason, culture, ethics, and language in an effort to reposition philosophy—and African philosophy in particular—without he limits assumed by current philosophical practice....This is an ambitious and potentially significant work....Recommended.
— C.D. Kay; Choice Reviews, June 2010
For at least half a century the question of what constitutes African Philosophy has provoked some of the most profound reflections on the nature of philosophy in general. Bruce B. Janz makes a major contribution to that debate. This book deserves to be widely read by philosophers and non-philosophers alike, and can be profitably studied even by those who to their shame have not yet given the question of African philosophy a second thought.
— Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylvania State University