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Tradition and Modernity

Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience

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Tradition and Modernity by Kwame Gyekye
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This book offers a philosophical interpretation and critical analysis of the African cultural experience in modern times. In their attempt to evolve ways of life appropriate to our modern world culture, says Kwame Gyekye, African people and societies face a number of challenges, some stemming from the values and practices of their traditional cultures, and others representing the legacy of European colonialism. Defending the cross-cultural applicability of philosophical concepts developed in Western culture, Kwame Gyekye attempts to show the usefulness of such concepts in addressing a wide range of specifically African problems. Among the issues he considers are: economic development, nation-building, the evolution of viable and appropriate democratic political institutions, the development of appropriate and credible ideologies, political corruption, and the crumbling of traditional moral standards in the wake of rapid social change. Throughout, Gyekye challenges the notion that modernity must be equated with Western values and institutions, arguing instead that African modernity must be forged creatively within the furnace of Africa's many-sided cultural experience.

Author Biography

Professor Gyekye was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania for the academic year 1995/96, where he completed this book. He left in August 1996 and has been based at the University of Ghana since then.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 1997
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
368
Dimensions
155x233x24
ISBN-13
9780195112269
Product ID
1808824

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