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Title:In my father's house: Africa in the philosophy of culture
Author:Appiah, Kwame AnthonyISNI
Series:Oxford paperbacks
City of publisher:New York
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:cultural philosophy
African identity
Abstract:The essays in this book fall into four clusters. In the two opening essays, which form the first cluster, the author explores the role of racial ideology in the development of Pan-Africanism, examining the work of Alexander Crummell and W.E.B. Du Bois. The next two essays are united in asking how questions about African identity figure in African literary life. They do so by exploring the ideas of critics and literary theorists in Ch. 3 and of a major writer - Wole Soyinka - in Ch. 4. The third cluster of chapters is motivated by an essentially philosophical preoccupation with the issues of reason and modernity. In thinking about modern African philosophy, in Ch. 5, and 'traditional' religion, in Ch. 6, the author relies on a view of the central role of reason in African life before and after colonialism. The final set of chapters raise more explicitly questions of politics and identity. Ch. 7 leads the reader through the art market and some contemporary novels to the emergence of an unsentimental form of African humanism. In Ch. 8, the author explores the meaning of the African nation-State and the forms of social organization that both challenge and enable it. In Ch. 9, the author takes up in a more theoretical way the general question of identities.