Week 4: Complementary Opposites in Ethics and Morals
- Ideas of Good and Evil
- Freedom, Destiny and Moral Responsibility
- Conceptions of Truth, Order and Stability
- Personification of Chaos and Uncertainty in Kmtyw Myth
Reading: Kamalu, C. (1998). Person, Divinity and Nature. London: Karnak House., pp. 87-106.
Supplementary Text(s): Gyekye, K. (1987). An essay on African philosophical thought – the Akan
conceptual scheme. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press., pp. 104-128.
Jeffers, C. (2013). Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy.
Albany, NY: SUNY Press., pp. 159-175.
Course Description and Objectives
Foundations of Kmtyw ‘Afrikan=Black’ Thought aims to introduce students to the core principles, modes, patterns, and history of thought and knowledge production in classical Kmt ‘Land of Black people’ and the contemporary Global Kmt, from antiquity to the present. In designing the program, we are cognizant of the fact that training as students of Afrikan=Black Studies would be incomplete without a proper understanding of the Kmtyw worldview in its various manifestations throughout the Global Kmt ‘Land(s) of Afrikan=Black people’ World and the principles which under-gird these various manifestations. As such, students will acquire familiarity with rich and profound interdisciplinary literature throughout space and time and also acquire pertinent evaluative criteria and organizing principles to assist in engaging the literature. Thus, in the course Foundations of Kmtyw ‘Afrikan=Black’ Thought students will:
- Acquire an understanding of the worldview under-girding Kmtyw Thought and Philosophy
and how it fundamentally differs from the worldview, thought and philosophy of others (non-Africans)
- Develop an understanding of fundamental tenets found at the core of the Kmtyw Worldview across space and time
and how this worldview has been manifested in Kmtyw Thought throughout space and time
- Explore the relationship between common fundamentals of worldview on the various and
diverse expressions and manifestations of African culture along several dimensions
- Become familiar with innovative approaches to the study of Kmtyw Thought