9 thoughts on “History of Africana philosophy

  1. jim- says:

    Here is a more direct link to the podcast https://historyofphilosophy.net/oral-philosophy-africa. You’re welcome.
    The value of writing is certainly in question here, vs the oral tradition and the type of mind that is developed and accomplished through continued excellence of thought. We now have the Bible to illustrate the fallacy of the written word, locking thought into a moment in time, whereas the oral tradition continued to improve and expound the worldview of the culture into a masterpiece.
    Now we have written commentary about written philosophy that was never intended to be written in the first place.

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    • makagutu says:

      Thanks. I shared the other link because it has all those other podcasts which are all quite valuable.
      Your comment about the Bible is on point.

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      • jim- says:

        We’ve been schooled to think that the written word is invaluable, and in some respects, like teaching math, it may actually be. Philosophy it appears, has taken a real hit because of it. Now we cling to the past as some ultimate wisdom, but for them it was a transitional passing—They were just getting started. The Bible has provided no answers, nor will it ever.


    • Barry says:

      The problem with the Bible is that much of it comes from an oral tradition and used metaphors that the listeners of the day understood. Had those stories remained purely oral, the metaphors would most certainly have changed with each generation. Probably too, some of the meaning behind the myths would also have changed over time as our understanding of the world changed.

      The Māori arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand a bare 800 years ago, and having no form of writing depended entirely on an oral tradition to pass on all forms of knowledge. In that time, some of the “facts” have shown variance based on regions or iwi (tribe), but for the most part the message behind the stories remain essentially the same.

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  2. renudepride says:

    Great job, my Kenyan brother! I bookmarked the link! 🙂 Naked hugs!


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