n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - Integrative humanism and complementary reflection : a comparative analysis

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



This essay has become necessary since after the presentation of Professor Asouzu's inaugural lecture titled Ibuanyidanda: and The Philosophy of Essence. A number of students graduate and undergraduate have accosted me to differentiate between my philosophy of integrative humanism and Asouzu's. Initially I felt there was no point embarking on such a venture because it looked trivial, inconsequential and rather accusational and instigative. I asked myself do they want to know whether I plagiarized Asouzu or is it a genuine interest to understand the dynamics of our individual thoughts.

Again, I said to myself if there is a comparison to make, it should not be me who should make it to avoid the burden of prejudice and inobjectivity. An independent scholar I thought should dispassionately examine the two positions to know the extent of similarities and dissimilarities. But on a more reflective thought, I considered that there is need for a ground clearing comparative analysis from one of the protagonists of the theories at least to provide the authorial perspective on my perception of Asouzu's theory vis a vis my philosophical position. I thought this could throw more light to prevent a blind or misconceived rendering of my objectives in the work. This essay therefore, is to provide a second mirror aside my book The Philosophy and Method of Integrative Humanism in piercing the soul of the author to grasp his own understanding of himself.

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