Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy

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Chike Jeffers
SUNY Press, 2013 M09 1 - 214 pages
Contemporary African philosophy in indigenous African languages and English translation.

A groundbreaking contribution to the discipline of philosophy, this volume presents a collection of philosophical essays written in indigenous African languages by professional African philosophers with English translations on the facing pages demonstrating the linguistic and conceptual resources of African languages for a distinctly African philosophy. Hailing from five different countries and writing in six different languages, the seven authors featured include some of the most prominent African philosophers of our time. They address a range of topics, including the nature of truth, different ways of conceiving time, the linguistic status of proverbs, how naming practices work, gender equality and inequality in traditional society, the relationship between language and thought, and the extent to which morality is universal or culturally variable.
 

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Contents

Waxtaan diggante Soxna ak cmmiam Ngr
2
A Conversation Between Soxna and Her Friend Ngr
3
The Ethiopian Conception of Time and Modernity
14
The Ethiopian Conception of Time and Modernity
15
Kaka Puonj mar Ngero Chalo Kendo Kaka Ngero Opogore gi Pimo Wach
36
On the Nature of Proverbs and How They Differ from Propositions
37
Ango Man e Nying? Okange Angwen Mag Nyinge e Oganda Luo
52
Whats in a Name? Four Levels of Naming among the Luo People
53
Women Children Goats Land
91
Okwu na Uche
124
Word and Mind
125
Papa ne Bɔne
158
Good and Evil
159
Contributors
177
Index
183
Copyright

Atumia Ciana Mbũri Mĩgũnda
90

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Chike Jeffers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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