n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - On the sources of African philosophy

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



Gbadegesin (1991) observed that there are four lines of thought as regards what African Philosophy constitutes: the universalist, particularist, eclectic and national-ideological perspectives. However, for the sake of this piece on the sources of African philosophy, the perspectives of the universalist and particularist schools would be entertained:

i. The particularist school understands African Philosophy as the philosophical thought of Africans as could be sifted from their various world views, myths, proverbs, etc. In this sense, it is the philosophy indigenous to Africans, and untainted by foreign ideas.

ii. The second group understands African philosophy as the philosophical reflection on, and analysis of, African conceptual systems and social realities as undertaken by contemporary professional philosophers. This reduces African Philosophy to reflections by professionally trained philosophers who operate in collaboration with traditional thinkers.

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