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Philosophy and national development in Nigeria : towards a tradition of Nigerian philosophy

Author: Adeshina Afolayan
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Global Africa, vol. 9.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1 [edition]View all editions and formats
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"What does it imply for Nigerian philosophers to conscientiously and engagingly reflect on Nigeria as a place of philosophy and as a dynamic plural context of socioeconomic, political, cultural and ethnic problems? Any answer to this question automatically constitutes the opening salvo to the reflection on the evolution of a Nigerian tradition of philosophy and philosophizing. This book represents such an initial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Afolayan, Adeshina.
Philosophy and national development in Nigeria.
New York : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2018002598
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adeshina Afolayan
ISBN: 9780429014581 0429014589 9780429014574 0429014570 9780429014567 0429014562 9780429506529 042950652X
OCLC Number: 1031040504
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The incidence of philosophy in Nigeria --
The Homo Academicus Nigerianus --
The Nigerian state encounters philosophy --
Western epistemology and popular epistemologies --
Nigerian philosophy without Nigerians? Tradition, philosophy, and plurality --
The national character of philosophy --
Philosophy and the idea of thinking --
Bios Theoretikos / Bios Politikos: theory, practice, and the challenges of a Nigerian tradition of philosophy --
Social philosophy as social hope: Nigerian philosophy and the archaeologies of governance --
Envisioning Nigeria: towards postmetaphysical Nigerian philosophy.
Series Title: Global Africa, vol. 9.
Responsibility: Adeshina Afolayan.

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"What does it imply for Nigerian philosophers to conscientiously and engagingly reflect on Nigeria as a place of philosophy and as a dynamic plural context of socioeconomic, political, cultural and ethnic problems? Any answer to this question automatically constitutes the opening salvo to the reflection on the evolution of a Nigerian tradition of philosophy and philosophizing. This book represents such an initial salvo in in its attempt to hammer out the conditions for the possibility of a Nigerian tradition of philosophy by placing that endeavor in between the triadic challenges of the Nigerian political economy, the African philosophical theorizing and the global epistemological hegemony. How do these three dynamics condition the evolution and functional relevance of the philosophical enterprise in Nigeria? How have Nigerian philosophers responded to them? What is Nigerian philosophy? How can there be a "Nigerian" philosophy when there are no Nigerians? This book is also an attempt to contribute to the trajectory of philosophy education in Nigeria within the context of a postcolonial educational system and university dynamics that stultifies the role of the intellectuals in development. From Plato to Wiredu, from Bodunrin to Bourdieu, and from Heidegger and Nietzsche to Fanon, Mignolo and Santos, the book traces a trajectory of dynamics rethinking of existing paradigms and epistemological assumptions that could enable a robust evolution of a Nigerian tradition of philosophy that possesses sufficient clout to confront its historicity and its place in Nigerias development impasse."--Provided by publisher.

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