Akan Philosophy

Sunday, October 24, 2021

What Is It

The Akan people of West Africa have developed a system of metaphysics, epistemology, and moral philosophy with a special focus on personhood. For the Akan, their conception of a person is not just a matter of theoretical interest—it has far reaching practical implications for their social institutions and communal practices. So what exactly is the Akan notion of personhood, and how is it rooted in Akan traditional culture? How does the Akan emphasis on the social nature of personhood promote trust, cooperation, and a sense of responsibility to the community? And can this communal perspective help restore cultural identity in a postcolonial Africa? Josh and Ray welcome Ajume Wingo from the University of Colorado Boulder, author of Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States.

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Harold G. Neuman

Sunday, September 19, 2021 -- 9:22 AM

Pretty fascinating. This

Pretty fascinating. This sounds like other variations of philosophy aimed at social advance and societal well-being. There are and have been many ways of looking at this. They have certain common core features. To me, this shows us that philosophy, at bottom, has always been about a love of knowledge and the betterment of human conditions. We may, at times, have been on a different page but browsing through the same book. Contingency changes, while providence smiles on purpose and determination. Yeah. I have said that last part before.

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