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The Dialectics of Praxis and Theoria in African Philosophy: An Essay on Cultural Hermeneutics

Tuesday 11 October 2011, author(s)-editor(s) Victor B. Bin-Kapela

This book is a clarion call for African renaissance informed by African spirituality. It develops the vision that Africans can be the same in the process of change. Africans have to coincide with their ways of perceiving values, and to retrieve their identity wiped out by regrettable historical events. Even in this involvement of revalorisation of their stifled ways, Africans have to be aware of the fact that history has evolved and new human environments are taking place. Any attempt to recover African personality involves a triple necessity. First, to remember the past, second, to analyse critically what Africans have inherited from their past, and lastly, to project new ways and means for a genuine renaissance, free from alienation and exploitation. Bin-Kapela sees in Cultural hermeneutics an appropriate philosophical method to achieve this end of recognising and projecting African spirituality as a universal value.

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ISBN 9789956726141 | 176 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2011 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

2 Book Reviews

  • This book is a valuable contribution to the growing literature on African philosophy. It offers a critical philosophical reflection on African cultural beliefs and practices (‘praxis’), which the author designates as ‘cultural hermeneutics’. It convincingly shows how African culture has been formed, reformed, shaped and reshaped by historical events, which affected the African praxis.

    Piet Konings, Sociologist and Senior Researcher, African Studies Centre Leiden, The Netherlands

  • The Dialectics of Praxis and Theoria in African Philosophy is a fine contribution to intercultural philosophical discourse. Bin-Kapela offers those of us who are European and American philosophers common ground for understanding what an African philosophical project might look like and simultaneously, he implicitly leads us to consider adopting a similar project for developing a uniquely European/American philosophy. His views are frank, refreshing, gently critical, and admirably self-critical, exemplifying the best epistemic virtues. His work is an antidote for ethnocentrism of any kind, while still recognizing the importance of cultural situations.

    Alan Mattlage holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland.