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Journal:   HEKMAT VA FALSAFEH (WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY)   SUMMER 2009 , Volume 5 , Number 2 (18); Page(s) 53 To 78.
 
Paper: 

WE ARE ALL POSTMODERNISTS NOW! AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND THE POSTMODERN AGENDA

 
 
Author(s):  AFOLAYAN ADESHINA*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA
 
Abstract: 

This essay is an attempt to criticality understand the utility if the concept if postmodernism in African philosophy, and by extension the analysis if the postcolonial African predicament. Its urgency derives from the growing literature on the interpretation of the postmodern in African studies. For those I will call the "detractors", there is a certain conceptual absurdity in the idea of postmodernism in a continent that is just grappling with the exigencies if modernity. Thus, Africa cannot be postmodern before being modern. For the "champions" of the necessity of postmodern theorizing in Africa, postmodernism offer an avenue to escape out if the cul de sac of intellectual nativism that has preluded .Africa from the benefits of global open space if ideas. The essay argues that these critical interpretations emanate from an attempt to read too much into what I will call the postmodern minima. This strategy has the advantage, I contend, of giving African philosophers a leeway-- beyond the mere critique if Euro centrism--for confronting the twin problem of African identity and African development.

 
Keyword(s): POSTMODERN, ENLIGHTENMENT, AFRICAN CULTURE, CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, EUROPEANISM
 
 
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AFOLAYAN, A. (2009). WE ARE ALL POSTMODERNISTS NOW! AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND THE POSTMODERN AGENDA. HEKMAT VA FALSAFEH (WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY), 5(2 (18)), 53-78. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=272446



Vancouver: Copy

AFOLAYAN ADESHINA. WE ARE ALL POSTMODERNISTS NOW! AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND THE POSTMODERN AGENDA. HEKMAT VA FALSAFEH (WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY). 2009 [cited 2021May08];5(2 (18)):53-78. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=272446



IEEE: Copy

AFOLAYAN, A., 2009. WE ARE ALL POSTMODERNISTS NOW! AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND THE POSTMODERN AGENDA. HEKMAT VA FALSAFEH (WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY), [online] 5(2 (18)), pp.53-78. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=272446.



 
 
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