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    The Function of “It” in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s Normative Account of Personhood: A Response to Bernard Matolino.Molefe Motsamai & Maraganedzha Mutshidzi - 2017 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 6 (1):90-109.
    This article is a response to Bernard Matolino’s criticisms against Ifeanyi Menkiti’s elucidations on the normative notion of personhood in African philosophy. This article argues that Menkiti’s article is best understood to be ultimately focused on articulating the normative notion of personhood; so understood, Menkiti’s analysis eschews many of the objections made against it by Matolino. We show that the confusion lies in a general failure in African philosophy to distinguish three distinct senses of the notion (...)
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    The Function of “It” in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s Normative Account of Personhood: A Response to Bernard Matolino.Motsamai Molefe & Mutshidzi Maraganedzha - 2017 - Filosofia Theoretica 6 (1):90-109.
    This article is a response to Bernard Matolino’s criticisms against Ifeanyi Menkiti’s elucidations on the normative notion of personhood in African philosophy. This article argues that Menkiti’s article is best understood to be ultimately focused on articulating the normative notion of personhood; so understood, Menkiti’s analysis eschews many of the objections made against it by Matolino. We show that the confusion lies in a general failure in African philosophy to distinguish three distinct senses of the notion (...)
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    Africa and Global Justice.Ifeanyi A. Menkiti - 2017 - Philosophical Papers 46 (1):13-32.
    In this paper I explore some ways in which Africa can contribute to the discourse on global justice. I first note the wide range in the circumstances in which judgements of justice continue to be made—from the domestic to the local and national, and from the national to the international. I conclude the paper with a look at the international human rights situation, suggesting areas where African wisdom and criteriology can be brought to bear on discussions of global justice. In (...)
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    Person and Community—a Retrospective Statement.Ifeanyi Menkiti - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):162-167.
    Over the past four decades, I have been asked many questions regarding the substance and methodology of my essay “Person and Community in African Thought”. I cannot in the space of these pages retrieve or reframe the content and implications of these several questions and it would be fool-hardy to attempt an answer to all of them here. But that is no reason not to try to say a few things, by way of additional commentary, on the occasion of this (...)
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  5. A Companion to African Philosophy.Kwasi Wiredu, W. E. Abraham, Abiola Irele & Ifeanyi Menkiti (eds.) - 2004 - Blackwell.
    This volume of newly commissioned essays provides comprehensive coverage of African philosophy, ranging across disciplines and throughout the ages. Offers a distinctive historical treatment of African philosophy. Covers all the main branches of philosophy as addressed in the African tradition. Includes accounts of pre-colonial African philosophy and contemporary political thought.
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    The Menkiti-Gyekye Conversation: Framing Persons.Peter Amato - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):34-47.
    Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “Person and Community in African Traditional Thought” is criticized from the standpoint that the author assumes a dichotomous framework taken over in his decision to articulate the African view of the person in the idiom of modern philosophy. Kwame Gyekye’s critique of Menkiti in “Person and Community in Akan Thought” is also scrutinized to see if it manages to break free from this framework. I conclude by calling for a departure from quasi-scientific approaches to human (...)
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    Menkiti’s Moral Man.Oritsegbubemi Anthony Oyowe - 2022 - Lexington Books.
    Menkiti’s Moral Man provides an original interpretation of Ifeanyi Menkiti’s conception of person, and one that carries significant implications for his metaphysics and moral philosophy. It offers fresh insights on moral agency, moral status, and justice as well as the ontology of living and post-mortem persons in community.
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    The Menkiti-Gyekye Conversation: Framing Persons.Peter Amato - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica 7 (2):34-46.
    Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “Person and Community in African Traditional Thought” is criticized from the standpoint that the author assumes a dichotomous framework taken over in his decision to articulate the African view of the person in the idiom of modern philosophy. Kwame Gyekye’s critique of Menkiti in “Person and Community in African Thought” is also scrutinized to see if it manages to break free from this framework. I conclude by calling for a departure from quasi-scientificapproaches to human nature (...)
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    Rights and Duties in Menkiti.Vitumbiko Nyirenda - 2019 - Theoria 66 (159):155-165.
    Dennis Masaka argues that individuals have rights outside those conferred by the community. The argument is a critique to Ifeanyi Menkiti’s view of personhood. He argues that Menkiti uses the word person and personhood as synonymous. Masaka makes a distinction between the two, where person is an ontological concept, and personhood is a normative concept. For Masaka, individuals have rights by virtue of being persons and not personhood. My approach to the paper is therapeutic. I argue that (...)
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    Moral Force and the “It-It” in Menkiti’s Normative Conception of Personhood.Edwin Etieyibo - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):47-60.
    What is the status and nature of the “it” and the ontological progression from an “it” to an “it” in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s normative conception of a person? In this article, I attempt to preliminarily give some nuance content to the “it” of childhood and the “it” of the nameless dead. My motivation is straightforwardly simple: to defend Menkiti’s claim that both “its” have some depersonalised moral standing or existence. However, in doing so, I argue that a better (...)
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    Radical Versus Moderate Communitarianism: Gyekye’s and Matolino’s Misinterpretations of Menkiti.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):79-100.
    This essay provides an exposition and a plausible interpretation of Ifeanyi Menkiti’s conception of personhood vis-a-vis this community. I do this, partly, to rebut some specific criticisms by Kwame Gyekye and Bernard Matolino. They construe Menkiti’s account, primarily, as a metaphysical thesis about the community that provides the essential ontological basis for the nature of personhood. They argue that this view of communitarianism is radical or extreme because the community diminishes individuality and prioritizes community’s interests over individuals’ (...)
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    Radical Versus Moderate Communitarianism: Gyekye’s and Matolino’s Misinterpretations of Menkiti.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica 7 (2):79-100.
    This essay provides an exposition and a plausible interpretation of Ifeanyi Menkiti’s conception of personhood vis-a-vis this community. I do this, partly, to rebut some specific criticisms by Kwame Gyekye and Bernard Matolino. They construe Menkiti’s account, primarily, as a metaphysical thesis about the community that provides the essential ontological basis for the nature of personhood. They argue that this view of communitarianism is radical or extreme because the community diminishes individuality and prioritizes community’s interests over individuals’ (...)
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    Community, Individuality, and Reciprocity in Menkiti.Thaddeus Metz - 2020 - In Edwin Etieyibo & Polycarp A. Ikuenobe (eds.), Menkiti on Community and Becoming a Person. Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 131-145.
    For four decades Ifeanyi Menkiti has addressed the question of which sort of community constitutes personhood from a characteristically African perspective. In this chapter, I critically discuss the conceptions of how one acquires personhood through community that Menkiti has advanced, in search of the one that would most enable him to avoid prominent moral objections made to his views over the years. In particular, his account of personhood has been criticized for insufficiently accommodating individual difference, most recently (...)
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    Moral Force and the “It-It” in Menkiti’s Normative Conception of Personhood.Edwin Etieyibo - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica 7 (2):47-59.
    What is the status and nature of the “it” and the ontological progression from an “it” to an “it” in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s normative conception of a person? In this article, I attempt to preliminarily give some nuance content to the “it” of childhood and the “it” of the nameless dead. My motivation is straightforwardly simple: to defend Menkiti’s claim that both “its” have some depersonalised moral standing or existence. However, in doing so, I argue that a better (...)
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  15. Why Personhood Is Not So Social: Reflections on Oyowe’s Menkiti.Thaddeus Metz - manuscript
    In Menkiti’s Moral Man, Oritsegbubemi Oyowe aims to provide a sympathetic interpretation of the works of Ifeanyi Menkiti as they address personhood, community, and other facets of morality. In my contribution I would maintain that, while Oyowe’s Menkiti is more plausible than the way Menkiti has often been read, there are still respects in which the account of personhood advanced invites criticism. One criticism that I would articulate is that it is implausible to think that (...)
     
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    African Communalism, Persons, and the Case of Non-Human Animals.Kai Horsthemke - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):60-79.
    “I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am”, generally regarded as the guiding principle of African humanism, expresses the view that a person is a person through other persons and is closely associated but not identical with African communitarianism, or communalism. Against Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “unrestricted or radical or excessive communitarianism” Kwame Gyekye has proposed a “restricted or moderate communitarianism”. Whereas personhood, for Menkiti, is acquired over time, with increasing moral maturation, seniority and agency, (...)
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    The African Struggle to Abandon Westernity: African Philosophy at Eshuean Crossroads.Molefi Kete Asante - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):19-34.
    This essay deals with the ideas of Ifeanyi Menkiti and Kwame Gyekye on the individual-community relationship. I begin with a provocative statement: most African intellectuals struggle with abandoning Westernity and consequently remain at the Eshuean crossroads seeking to please both sides of the abyss. It is my argument that both Menkiti and Gyekye understood that teasing out our philosophical problems might lead us to an intellectual clarity about the concepts of community and individual in African cultures. I (...)
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    Language, Thought, and Interpersonal Communication: A Cross-Cultural Conversation on the Question of Individuality and Community.Ada Agada & Uti Ojah Egbai - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):141-162.
    The ongoing debate among African philosophers on the relation of the individual and the community has spawned radical, moderate, and limited communitarian views. In this paper we will insert the question of interpersonal communication into the individual-community conundrum and raise the discourse to the level of cross-cultural engagement. We will highlight the dominant perspectives in Afro-communitarianism with particular emphasis on the Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Gyekye and the Nigerian philosopher Ifeanyi Menkiti. Expanding the discourse into the domain of intercultural/comparative (...)
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  19. Who Gets a Place in Person-Space?Simon Beck & Oritsegbubemi Oyowe - 2018 - Philosophical Papers 47 (2):183-198.
    We notice a number of interesting overlaps between the views on personhood of Ifeanyi Menkiti and Marya Schechtman. Both philosophers distance their views from the individualistic ones standard in western thought and foreground the importance of extrinsic or relational features to personhood. For Menkiti, it is ‘the community which defines the person as person’; for Schechtman, being a person is to have a place in person-space, which involves being seen as a person by others. But there are (...)
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    Can Individual Autonomy and Rights Be Defended in Afro-Communitarianism?Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):122-141.
    I argue that individual autonomy and rights can be defended but only in African or qualified version of communitarianism. I posit that there are two possible versions of communitarianism: the qualified or the African and the unqualified or the version discussed mostly by Western scholars. I show that Ifeanyi Menkiti, Kwame Gyekye, Michael Eze and Bernard Matolino have formulated communitarian theories of right in African philosophy. I explain that while Menkiti and Gyekye erroneously employed the unqualified version (...)
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    Radicals Versus Moderates: A Critique of Gyekye's Moderate Communitarianism.B. Matolino - 2009 - South African Journal of Philosophy 28 (2):160-170.
    The communitarian conception of person is a widely accepted view in African thought. Kwame Gyekye thinks there is a distinction between what he calls radical communitarianism and his own version of moderate communitarianism. He is of the view that radical communitarianism is faced with insurmountable problems and ought to be jettisoned in favour of his moderate communitarianism. Gyekye’s strategy is twofold; he firstly seeks to show the shortcomings of radical communitarianism – particularly by attacking Ifeanyi Menkiti’s position. Secondly, (...)
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    Personhood in a Communitarian Context.Barry Hallen - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):1-10.
    Theories regarding the nature and achievement of personhood in a communitarian context appear to differ in significant respects in the writings of several contemporary African philosophers. Ifeanyi Menkiti seems to regard ethnic differences as sufficient to warrant a national accommodation of multiculturalism with respect to moralities and attendant beliefs. Kwasi Wiredu argues that there is a substantive universal moral principle that undercuts such apparent and relatively superficial diversity. Communitarianism also seems to provide a better framework for explaining how (...)
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    Can a Communitarian Concept of African Personhood Be Both Relational and Gender-Neutral?Oritsegbubemi Oyowe & Olga Yurkivska - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (1):85-99.
    This paper explores the relationship between the African communitarian conception of personhood and gender. Defenders of this conception of personhood generally hold that an individual is defined in reference to the community, or that personhood is something that is acquired in community. Such characterisations often ignore the role, if any, that gender plays in that conception of personhood. Our aim in this paper is to critically explore the relationship between the two. In doing this we advance a number of claims. (...)
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    Developing African Political Philosophy: Moral-Theoretic Strategies.Thaddeus Metz - 2012 - Philosophia Africana 14 (1):61-83.
    If contemporary African political philosophy is going to develop substantially in fresh directions, it probably will not be enough, say, to rehash the old personhood debate between Kwame Gyekye and Ifeanyi Menkiti, or to nit-pick at Gyekye’s system, as much of the literature in the field has done. Instead, major advances are likely to emerge on the basis of new, principled interpretations of sub-Saharan moral thought. In recent work, I have fleshed out two types of moral theories that (...)
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  25. Personhood and Rights in an African Tradition.Molefe Motsamai - 2017 - Politikon:1-15.
    It is generally accepted that the normative idea of personhood is central to African moral thought, but what has not been done in the literature is to explicate its relationship to the Western idea of rights. In this article, I investigate this relationship between rights and an African normative conception of personhood. My aim, ultimately, is to give us a cursory sense why duties engendered by rights and those by the idea of personhood will tend to clash. To facilitate a (...)
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  26. Social Persons and the Normativity of Needs.Oritsegbubemi Anthony Oyowe - 2021 - In Motsamai Molefe & Christopher Allsobrook (eds.), Towards an African Political Philosophy of Needs. Springer Verlag. pp. 87-107.
    There has been significant work done in contemporary African philosophy on what it means to be a person. Moreover, there is significant consensus that a traditional African conception of person not only emphasises the social aspects but also entails that in political reasoning higher premium is placed on the duties individuals have to others and the community at large, as opposed to whatever rights they may have. In contrast, not much work has been done to unpack the precise relationship between (...)
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    Toward a Personhood-Based Theory of Right Action: Investigating the Covid-19 Pandemic and Religious Conspiracy Theories in Africa.Amara Esther Chimakonam - 2021 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 10 (2).
    Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in religious conspiracy theories in Africa, ranging from outright denial, partial acceptance to spreading misinformation about the Coronavirus. This essay will argue that RCTs pose serious challenges to Covid-19 prevention by encouraging non-compliance to Covid-19 preventive measures and refusal to take Covid-19 vaccination. It will then formulate a personhood-based theory of right action. This new theory will be teased out of Ifeanyi Menkiti's account of the normative (...)
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    Menkiti’s Normative Communitarian Conception of Personhood as Gendered, Ableist and Anti-Queer.Nompumelelo Zinhle Manzini - 2018 - South African Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):18-33.
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    Archiving the African Feminist Festival Through Oral Communication and Social Media.Ifeanyi Awachie - 2020 - Feminist Review 125 (1):88-93.
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    Menkiti, Gyekye and Beyond: Towards a Decolonization of African Political Philosophy.Michael Onyebuchi Eze - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):1-18.
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    Menkiti on Community and Becoming a Person.Polycarp A. Ikuenobe & Edwin Etieyibo (eds.) - 2020 - Lexington Books.
    This book examines issues relating to Menkiti’s “Person and Community in African Traditional Thought,” which articulates an African notion of personhood. Contributors not only show that personhood is normative but also explore the implications this notion of personhood and citizenship holds for the nation-state in Africa.
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    The Arc of Personhood: Menkiti and Kant on Becoming and Being a Person.Katrin Flikschuh - 2016 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2 (3):437-455.
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    On Traditional African Consensual Rationality.Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2014 - Journal of Political Philosophy 22 (3):342-365.
    Wiredu’s call for democracy by consensus is illustrated by his description of traditional African consensual rationality. This description contains the attribution of immanence to African consensual rationality. This paper objects to this doctrine of immanence. More importantly, the doctrine of immanence has led to the attribution of pure rationality to traditional African consensual practices. With reference to Aristotle’s three components of persuasion, I object to deliberation as purely rational and impervious to extraneous factors. I further argue that it is because (...)
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    Criminal Responsibility and the Mentally Ill.I. A. Menkiti - 1980 - Journal of Value Inquiry 14 (3-4):181-194.
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    The Consensus Project and Three Levels of Deliberation.Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2019 - Dialogue 58 (2):299-322.
    The basic argument is that the consensus debate has not been very meaningful until now because consensus has not been closely studied as a concept, and deliberation has not been studied precisely in terms of the propensity to reach common agreement. In particular, deliberation—as well as issues for deliberation—has not been categorized into different levels with a view to exposing the varying challenges of reaching common agreement and the kinds of deliberative approaches entailed in each category. In this research, I (...)
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    Socio-Philosophical Perspective of African Traditional Religion.Emma Ekpunobi & Ifeanyi Ezeaku (eds.) - 1990 - New Age Publishers.
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    The Idea of Authenticity and Inauthenticity of Existence in the Existential Philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard.Jude Ifeanyi Ebelendu & Ignatius Nnaemeka Onwuatuegwu - 2021 - Philosophy Study 11 (1).
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    Is Bargaining a Form of Deliberating?Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2020 - Philosophical Papers 49 (1):1-29.
    Prevailing literature argues that arguing is the only appropriate mode of deliberation. The literature acknowledges bargaining, story telling, and other forms of communication, but is unwilling to describe these as deliberation, properly speaking. The claim is that describing them as such would amount to concept stretching. In this article I argue that arguing exhausts neither the legitimate modes of deliberation nor the modes for effective deliberation. To do this I delineate two basic categories of issues we normally deliberate upon, and (...)
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    Revisiting the Menkiti-Gyekye Debate: Who Is a Radical Communitarian?Motsamai Molefe - 2016 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 63 (149).
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    Coblending of Seismic Attributes for Interpretation of Channel Geometries in Rence Field of Niger Delta, Nigeria.Augustine Ifeanyi Chinwuko, Ajana Godwin Onwuemesi, Emmanuel Kenechukwu Anakwuba, Clement Udenna Onyekwelu, Harold Chinedu Okeke & Izuchukwu Ignatius Obiadi - 2015 - Interpretation: SEG 3 (4):T183-T195.
    Coblending of seismic attributes is used in the interpretation of channel geometries in the Rence Field of Niger Delta, Nigeria. We aimed at seismically defining the geometries of hydrocarbon reservoirs with particular emphasis on channels in the shallow marine Niger Delta. The coblending application enhanced the ease of detection and the continuity of the channels, leaving the channel environs unchanged. The result of the seismic facies analysis revealed that the Rence Field can be distinguished into two seismic facies, namely, layered (...)
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    On Agreed Actions Without Agreed Notions.Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):311-320.
    In his plea for consensual democracy in Africa, Kwasi Wiredu recommends unanimity about what is to be done, not what ought to be done, or unanimity on action rather than unanimity of values, beliefs and opinion. I caution the use of this procedural instrument by showing that some issues are so value-laden that a group decision cannot be value-neutral. It may sometimes be more productive to entertain value differences to keep them from going underground and becoming dangerous. However, the ability (...)
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    Africa and the Prospects of Deliberative Democracy.Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2013 - South African Journal of Philosophy 32 (3):207-219.
    Preoccupation with multiparty aggregative democracy in Africa has produced superficial forms of political/electoral choice-making by subjects that deepen pre-existing ethnic and primordial cleavages. This is because the principles of the multiparty system presuppose that decision-making through voting should be the result of a mere aggregation of pre-existing, fixed preferences. To this kind of decision-making, I propose deliberative democracy as a supplementary approach. My reason is that deliberation, beyond mere voting, should be central to decisionmaking and that, for a decision to (...)
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    Personal Identity: A Philosophical Survey.Sylvanus Ifeanyi Nnoruka - 1995 - Modern Business Press.
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  44. The Paradigmatic Status of Western Philosophy in Okere's Philosophical Hermeneutics.Sylvanus Ifeanyi Nnoruka - 2005 - In Theophilus Okere, J. Obi Oguejiofor & Godfrey Igwebuike Onah (eds.), African Philosophy and the Hermeneutics of Culture: Essays in Honour of Theophilus Okere. Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers.
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    Matolino’s Misunderstanding of Menkiti’s African Moral View of the Person and Community.Polycarp Ikuenobe - 2017 - South African Journal of Philosophy 36 (4):553-567.
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    Judgement in African Thought.Sylvanus Ifeanyi Nnoruka - 2003 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (2):51-61.
    Critical thinking plays a role in African judgement. Here, factors that influence judgement are: culture, communalism, wisdom of elders, revelation from the gods, and observation. Factors that obstruct judgement include: colonialism, modernization, and new religions. However, thanks to Kant's critical philosophy, only objectively valid knowledge is actually knowledge in African traditional thought.
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    African Culture and the Quest for Truth.Sylvanus Ifeanyi Nnoruka - 1999 - Philosophy Today 43 (4):411-422.
    In most African cultures, there is a definite and clear quest for truth through a critical method. Truth is a key value. It has moral, philosophical and social significance. One can subject an interlocutor's statements to methodic doubt and questioning. However, in some African cultures, the human intellect alone is not capable of understanding certain truth data thereby permitting the practice of divination. Nevertheless, most African cultures distinguish opinion (doxa) from (alatheia); emphasis is on objectivity rather than subjectivity. The methods (...)
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    Person, Personhood and Individual Rights in Menkiti’s African Communitarian Thinking.Dennis Masaka - 2018 - Theoria 65 (157):1-14.
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    Interrogating the Epiphenomenalist Tradition.Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2016 - Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 33 (3):481-501.
    Epiphenomenalism has had a long historical tradition. It is the view that mental properties are causally inert with respect to the physical world. In this paper, I argue that this tradition faces enormous challenges and needs better arguments to defend its position, and to demonstrate this, I interrogate the strands including computationalism, the idea of the illusion of conscious will, and causal exclusionism.
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    Is the Fate of Africa a Question of Geography, Biogeography and History?Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2012 - Open Journal of Philosophy 2 (4):203-212.
    This paper dwells on the debate on the question of what is/are responsible for African underdevelopment and, by extension, what will influence African development. The debate currently dwells on how much of development is human and how much is environmental, extraneous and beyond human control. Joseph Agbakoba thinks that development involves both nature and human agency, acknowledges the effect of nature, equally sees philosophy as a critique of worldview and ideology, and African philosophy as saddled with the critique of the (...)
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