Africana Philosophy

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This series of episodes, co-written by Chike Jeffers of Dalhousie University, examines philosophy originating from Africa and the African diaspora. Beginning with the origins of humanity in Africa and philosophical literature in ancient Egypt, the story will go up to the twentieth century and beyond. Major themes include African oral traditions, reactions to the depredations of colonialism and enslavement, political philosophy and philosophy of race developed in the twentieth century, and the emergence of Africana thought within academia.

Further Reading

• A. Afolayan and T. Falola (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy (New York: 2017).

• K.A. Appiah, In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (New York: 1992).

• M.K. Asante and A.S. Abarry (eds), African Intellectual Heritage: A Book of Sources (Philadelphia: 1996).

• R.H. Bell, Understanding African Philosophy. A Cross-Cultural Approach to Classical and Contemporary Issues in Africa (New York: 2002).

• A.B. Bogues, Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (New York: 2003).

• H. Brotz (ed.), African-American Social and Political Thought 1850–1920, revised ed. (New Brunswick: 1992). 

• P.H. Coetzee and A.P.J. Roux (eds), The African Philosophy Reader. A Text with Readings (New York: 1998).

• E. Etieyibo (ed.), Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy (Cham: 2018).

• E.C. Eze (ed.), Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical Reader (Cambridge: 1997).

• E.C. Eze (ed.), African Philosophy. An Anthology (Oxford: 1998).

• J.L. Garfield and W. Edelglass (eds), The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy (New York: 2011), part VI (edited by A. Mosley and S.C. Ferguson II).

• L.R. Gordon (ed.), Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (New York: 1997).

• L.R. Gordon, An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (New York: 2008).

• A. Graness (ed.), African Philosophy in an Intercultural Perspective (Heidelberg: 2022).

• A. Graness, Philosophie in Afrika (Berlin: 2023).

• B. Guy-Sheftall, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (New York: 1995). 

• B. Hallen, A Short History of African Philosophy (Bloomington: 2002).

• L. Harris, Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917 (Dubuque: 1983).

• P. Henry, Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (New York: 2000).

• F.L. Hord (Mzee Lasana Okpara) and J.S. Lee (eds), I Am Because We Are: Readings in Africana Philosophy, revised ed. (Amherst: 2016).

• S.O. Imbo, An Introduction to African Philosophy (Lanham: 1998).

• B.B. Janz, Philosophy in an African Place (Lanham: 2009).

• C. Jeffers (ed.), Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy (Albany: 2013).

• T.L. Lott (ed.), African-American Philosophy: Selected Readings (Upper Saddle River: 2002).

• T.L. Lott and J.P. Pittman (eds), A Companion to African-American Philosophy (Malden: 2003).

• D.A. Masolo, African Philosophy in Search of Identity (Bloomington: 1994).

• J. McDade (ed.), The Philosophical Forum: Special Issue: Philosophy and Black Experience 9 (Winter-Spring 1977-1978). 

• C.W. Mills, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Ithaca: 1998).

• J.A. Montmarquet and W.H. Hardy (eds), Reflections: An Anthology of African American Philosophy (Belmont: 2000).

• A. Mosley (ed.), African Philosophy: Selected Readings (Englewood Cliffs: 1995).

• O. Ogunnaike, Exploring Africana Philosophy (forthcoming, Equinox Press).

• L.T. Outlaw, Jr., On Race and Philosophy (New York: 1996).

• J.P. Pittman (ed.), African-American Perspectives and Philosophical Traditions (New York: 1996).

• T. Serequeberhan (ed.), African Philosophy: The Essential Readings (New York: 1991).

• T. Serequeberhan, Our Heritage: The Past in the Present of African-American and African Existence (Lanham: 2000).

• I.E. Ukpokolo (ed.), Themes, Issues and Problems in African Philosophy (Cham: 2017).

• K. Wiredu (ed.) A Companion to African Philosophy (Malden: 2004).

• G. Yancy (ed.), African-American Philosophers: 17 Conversations (New York: 1998).

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Africana Philosophy

Online bibliography on African philosophy.