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Title:On 'Senghorian philosophy' or philosophical charlatanism for the consumption of Africans
Author:Megjigbodo, Nicole
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Abstract:In developing his 'philosophy' of Negritude Mr. Senghor has borrowed practically all his terminology from Bergson and Teilhard de Chardin. As for his own knowledge of philosophy, it is very fragmentary and generally faulty, and it is excessive to attribute to Mr. Senghor a 'senghorian philosophy' in the proper sense of the word. As for Negritude, however paradoxical it may seem, it is not African. It is not rigorously thought out, it is based on gross scientific errors, it exudes racism; at most, it is today 'the black way of being white'. This appendage of the spiritualist philosophy of Bergson and Teilhard de Chardin for use in Africa is a splendid example of charlatanism, which the Larousse dictionary defines as 'the exploitation of public credulity'. Notes.