Day Seventeen: February 25, on Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, I am recommending the following five texts on African Philosophy:
- “Consciencism” by Kwame Nkrumah
- “Negritude et Humanisme” by Leopold Sedar Senghor
- “Uhuru na Ujamaa: Freedom and Socialism” by Julius Nyerere
- “African Religions and Philosophy” by John Mbiti
- “The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge” by V. Y. Mudimbe
***Bonus texts: “On the Absence of Sensation in the Human Mind and its Presence in our Organic and Living Body,” and “Treatise on the Art of Philosophising Soberly and Accurately” by Anton Wilhelm Amo or Anthony William Amo
; “The Akan Conceptual Scheme: An Essay on Philosophical Thought” by Kwame Gyekye; Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective,” and “Philosophy and An African Culture” by Kwasi Wiredu; “African Philosophy in Search of Identity,” and Self and Community in a Changing World” By D. A. Masolo; “The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy: Horizon and Disclosure” by Tsenay Serequeberhan; “In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture” by Kwame Anthony Appiah; “Achieving our Humanity: The Idea of the Postracial Future” by Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze; “The Idea of Africa” by V. Y. Mudimbe; “Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience by Kwame Gyekye; “African Philosophy: Myth and Reality” by Paulin Hountondji; and “The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa,” “African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude,” and “Islam and Open Society Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal” by Souleymane Bachir Diagne
*** Every day is Black History Month.
Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.
Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.