15. Heard it Through the Grapevine: Oral Philosophy in Africa

Posted on 11 November 2018

An introduction to the “ethnophilosophy” approach inaugurated by Placide Tempels, its promises and potential pitfalls.


Further Reading

• P.J. Hountondji, African Philosophy: Myth and Reality (Bloomington: 1996).

• O. p’Bitek, “Fr. Tempels’ Bantu Philosophy,” Transition 13 (1964), 15-17.

• P. Tempels, Bantu Philosophy (Paris: 1959).

• A. Kagame, La philosophie Bantu-Rwandaise de l’être (Brussels: 1956).

• K. Kresse, “Towards a Postcolonial Synthesis in African Philosophy: Conceptual Liberation and Reconstructive Self-Evaluation in the Work of Okot p’Bitek,” in O. Oladipo (ed.), The Third Way in African Philosophy (Ibadan: 2002), 215-32.

• K. Wiredu, Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy (Ibadan: 1995).

Web resource on Placide Tempels including French, Dutch, and English versions of his La philosophie Bantou.


Have I not mentioned her in a while? Sorry, I'll see if I can get her in soon.

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