The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge

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Indiana University Press, 1988 - History - 241 pages
..". groundbreaking... clear, straightforward, and economical.... seminal... " -- American Anthropologist "This is a challenging book... a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history." -- International Journal of African Historical Studies "Mudimbe's description of the struggles over Africa's self-invention are vivid and rewarding. From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa's literary inventors." -- Village Voice Literary Supplement ..". a landmark achievement in African studies."A -- Journal of Religion in Africa In this unique and provocative book, Zairean philosopher and writer V. Y. Mudimbe addresses the multiple scholarly discourses that exist -- African and non-African -- concerning the meaning of Africa and being African.

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V. Y. Mudimbe’s The Invention of Africa is an exploration in the philosophical landscape of the Africa continent through centuries of colonization. At least, that’s what I hoped it would be. Instead ... Read full review


Discourse of Power and Knowledge of Otherness
Questions of Method
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