n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - The principle of "refl-action" as the basis for a culture of philosophy in Africa

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



This essay is a child of deep and concerned worry that the continent of Africa, the acknowledged "cradle of civilization", has continued to sink deeper into the myth of the "civilizing mission". Africa's cultural fixation has refused to be amenable to both piecemeal and holistic solutions. This paper argues that the concern of philosophy in Africa in the past 3 or 4 decades has centered on the philosophy of culture, but that the greatest challenge facing contemporary philosophy in Africa is for Philosophers and other scholars to develop a culture - "culture of philosophy". This imperious need for a culture of philosophy would be brought about by the principles of "refl-action" - thinking-to-act! The paper argues that in the philosophy of culture, philosophers have spent time, energy and intellectual resources "reflecting" on culture. However, the paper suggests that the best way to UNDERSTAND all we have done within the sphere of the "philosophy of culture" is to DEVELOP a "culture of philosophy" the essay shows that the type of rot and decay in Africa demands that philosophy bridges the hiatus between violence and passivity in order to motivate the kind of reasoned-action from the citizenry, which would bounce the continent out of inferiority complex social-political fixation, forever. This would make philosophy in Africa to transform from a (or a subject) . And what does culture mean but the way of both essence and existence for and of a people?

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