Foundations of African Thought #2.5: Concepts of The Person: The Person as a Multiple Selves (Continued Part II) (2018)




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Understanding African Thought

Week 2.5: (Continuation of) Concepts of The Person: The Person as a Multiple Selves
• The Multiple Selves of African Thought
• The Destiny or Spiritual Double
• The Soul or Breath
• The Heart
• The Ancestral Guardian
• The Shadow
Reading: Kamalu, C. (1998). Person, Divinity and Nature. London: Karnak House., pp. 51-76.
Supplementary Readings: Fu-Kiau, K. K. B. (1991). Self-Healing Power and Therapy. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press., pp. 43-106.
Ephirim-Donkor, A. (2011). African Spirituality: On Becoming Ancestors. University Press of America, Incorporated., pp. 49-80.
Obenga, T. (2004). African philosophy: The Pharaonic period, 2780-330 B.C. Popenguine, Senegal: Per Ankh., pp. 383-404.
Wilson, A. N. (Producer). (1993, 2 April 2016). Blueprint for Black power: A moral, political, and economic imperative for the twenty-first century. [Lecture]

Course Description and Objectives: The African Thinkers Program aims to fill a gap in the epistemological universe of the typical MPhil/PhD student regarding world philosophies. The course will introduce students to the core principles, modes, patterns, and history of thought and knowledge production in Africa and the African World, from antiquity to the present. In the course, we introduce students to a variety of fundamentally African concepts and ideas applicable to the development of contemporary indigenous African theoretical and conceptual frameworks for use in their own research. As such, students will acquire familiarity with rich and profound interdisciplinary primary sources (e.g., astronomy, medicine, literature, etc.). They will also be introduced to the writings of classical and contemporary African philosophers and gain an understanding of pertinent evaluative criteria and organizing principles to assist in developing their own research in innovative ways.

This course will combine lectures, discussions, and class presentations as well as guest lectures and field trips as the modes of teaching.

At the end of the course, students would have acquired an understanding of the cosmology undergirding African Thought and Philosophy; acquired some tools of analysis for differentiating among cosmologies of the world; gained an exposure to the manifestations of the fundamental tenets of the African Worldview throughout the continent and the diaspora; and become familiar with innovative approaches to the study of African Thought and their implementation in African Studies research.



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