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  1. Examining the Method and Praxis of Conversationalism.Aribiah David Attoe - 2022 - In Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Edwin Etieyibo & Ike Odimegwu (eds.), Essays on Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 79-90.
    In an attempt to answer the question of the proper methodology for African philosophy, I identify “Conversationalism” or “Conversational Thinking” as arguably the most developed and perhaps suitable methodology for African philosophy today. In reaction to the generally descriptive methodologies of African Philosophy, such as ethnophilosophy and sage philosophy, I find expedient the need for a proper rationally consistent and forward-thinking methodological foundation for the development of African philosophy. In acknowledging this deficit, I contest with pre-existing methodologies in African philosophy, (...)
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    Passionate Yearning Theory as a Theory of Meaning in Life.Aribiah David Attoe - forthcoming - Philosophia:1-21.
    In this paper, I offer an original account of meaning in life, which I call the passionate yearning theory. Within the framework of the passionate yearning theory, meaning is understood as the intrinsically derived yearning, and passionate striving, for something that possesses some plausible objective claim to truth or facticity, which makes it worth pursuing for its own sake. To properly delineate the view, I present the various criteria that serve as the foundation for the passionate yearning view. These include (...)
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    African Philosophical Perspectives on the Meaning of Life.Aribiah David Attoe - 2021 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    African Philosophical Perspectives on the Meaning of Life The question of life’s meaning is a perennial one. It can be claimed that all other questions, whether philosophical, scientific, or religious, are attempts to offer some glimpse into the meaning—in this sense, purpose—of human existence. In philosophical circles, the question of life’s meaning has been given … Continue reading African Philosophical Perspectives on the Meaning of Life →.
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    An Essay Concerning the Foundational Myth of Ethnophilosophy.Aribiah David Attoe - 2016 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 5 (1):100-108.
    Ethnophilosophy, although glorified by some African philosophers, remains a problem in our undertakings in African philosophy. In its infancy, the problem revolved around the call for a total decolonization of African thought and philosophy, which eventually led to the proliferation of a vast array of mostly descriptive literature about the cultural views and practices of the African, sold to us as not only philosophy but genuine African philosophy. In more recent times, due to the growing development of African philosophy, this (...)
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    Redefining the Problem of Evil in the Context of a Predeterministic World: New Conversations with the Traditional African Worldview.Aribiah David Attoe - 2022 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 11 (1):9-26.
    Merciful, holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, spirit, unchanging, the first cause, unknowable. These are just some of the properties that some scholars of African religions have attributed to the being they call God. Setting aside accusations that some of these properties reflect the colonially imposed religions, it is almost taken as a given that these properties really do belong to some of the various versions of the African God. This, then, raises the question: how is it ever the case that the present (...)
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  6. Mental Surgery: Another Look at the Identity Problem: A Conversation with Jonathan Chimakonam.Aribiah David Attoe - 2015 - Filosofia Theoretica 4 (1):76-78.
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    The Philosophy of Affirmative Action as a Constraint to Gender Equality: An Introduction to Ukém Philosophy.Aribiah David Attoe - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):38-52.
    In this paper, I attempt to show in clear terms what I believe to be the inconsistencies inherent in adopting affirmative action as a proper philosophy for remedying the gender imbalance in contemporary African societies. I have also gestured towards the fact that apart from the issues involved in adopting affirmative action as a principle, the concept quite ironically further widens the gap it is meant to seal. In the spirit of the conversational tradition of African philosophy, I excavate and (...)
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    Accounts of Life’s Meaningfulness From a Contemporary African Perspective.Aribiah David Attoe - 2021 - Philosophia Africana 20 (2):168-187.
    Examining the literature on the question of life’s meaning from an African perspective, I find that existing theories almost solely stem from the context of traditional African thought. Thus, very little, if anything at all, is said about contemporary African accounts of meaningfulness. It is this gap that this article fills. In this article, I identify two major accounts of meaningfulness that can be derived from the contemporary African context. The first is what I call “living a religious life ” (...)
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    Are We Finished with the Ethnophilosophy Debate? A Multi-Perspective Conversation.Elvis Imafidon, Bernard Matolino, Lucky Uchenna Ogbonnaya, Ada Agada, Aribiah David Attoe, Fainos Mangena & Edwin Etieyibo - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (2):111-138.
    In line with the tradition of the Conversational School of Philosophy, this essay provides a rare and unique space of discourse for the authors to converse about the place of the ‘ethno’ in African philosophy. This conversation is a revisit, a renewal of the key positions that have coloured the ethnophilosophy debate by the conversers who themselves are notable contributors to arguments for and against the importance of ethnophilosophy in the unfolding of African philosophy particularly in the last decade or (...)
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    An Essay Concerning the Foundational Myth of Ethnophilosophy.Aribiah David Attoe - 2016 - Filosofia Theoretica 5 (1):100-108.
    Ethnophilosophy, although glorified by some African philosophers, remains a problem in our undertakings in African philosophy. In its infancy, the problemrevolved around the call for a total decolonization of African thought and philosophy, which eventually led to the proliferation of a vast array of mostly descriptive literature about the cultural views and practices of the African, sold to us as not only philosophy but genuine African philosophy. In more recent times, due tothe growing development of African philosophy, this drive towards (...)
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    Are We Finished with the Ethnophilosophy Debate?Elvis Imafidon, Bernard Matolino, Lucky Uchenna Ogbonnaya, Ada Agada & Aribiah David Attoe - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica 8 (2):111-137.
    In line with the tradition of the Conversational School of Philosophy, this essay provides a rare and unique space of discourse for the authors to converse about the place of the ‘ethno’ in African philosophy. This conversation is a revisit, a renewal of the key positions that have coloured the ethnophilosophy debate by the conversers who themselves are notable contributors to arguments for and against the importance of ethnophilosophy in the unfolding of African philosophy particularly in the last decade or (...)
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    Communal Dictatorships, Sexual Orientations and Perverse Labelling in Modern Africa.Aribiah David Attoe - 2020 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 9 (1):1-16.
    Most Africans are generally in sync in their communal rejection of certain perceived moral threats – in this case, allegedly ‘unnatural’ sexual orientations – as immoral and un-African. It is the truthfulness of these assumptions that I seek to question. Thus, in this essay, I question the assumption that nonheterosexuality is immoral and un-African. To do this, I attempt to isolate the traditional African outlook on alleged ‘unnatural’ sexual orientations, the communal drive towards this outlook and the implications of both (...)
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