AFAS 223 - AFAS 223-Section 001 Spiritual and Individual...

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AFAS 223-Section 001 Spiritual and Individual Importance in African Philosophy  Destiny Chukwu For many western philosophers, it is difficult for them to acknowledge the distinct  uniqueness of African philosophy when compared to its western counterpart .   Many  perceive African philosophy simply as a tactless, impulsive communal thought system,  which is synonymous to all Africans . Yet, this is not true.  The main source for such a  vulgar and degrading perspective of African philosophy is due to the fact that many  western philosophers view African methodology and ideology through a “western eye”  and compare the thought systems of the indigenous Africans to that of their own, which  is act of ethnocentrism .  African philosophy  presented through the “African eye” reveals  “that Africans could philosophize was for many a bold declaration or proposal…in light  of the rationalizing, redefining, and attempted remaking of African peoples as  subordinates of ‘civilized’ peoples of Europe” (pg . 23 African Philosophy: An Anthology).  Traditional African philosophy differentiates its self from western so much that  simplifying by adding the word “African” to philosophy completely requires a completely  different mindset, which is futile to understand and comprehend the various elements  1
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that are comprise African philosophy . Two elements of greater importance in the  distinction African philosophy are relations of spirituality and the importance of an  individual’s role in the community . The most distinctive element in African philosophy is spirituality and connection  with the supreme entity . In African philosophy, spirituality is incorporated in many  aspects . This is illustrated at the most elementary level, the individual. The human can  be viewed as “3-segmented being” including the following
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course AFAS 223 taught by Professor Machibya during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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