Week 2: 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.
Course Description and Objectives
The African Thinkers Program aims to 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 designing the program, we are cognizant of the fact that training as students of African Studies would be incomplete without a proper understanding of the African worldview in its various manifestations throughout the African 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 core course entitled Foundations of African Thought, students will:
- Acquire an understanding of the worldview under-girding African Thought and Philosophy
and how it fundamentally differs from the worldview, thought and philosophy of others (non-
- Develop an understanding of fundamental tenets found at the core of the African Worldview
and how this worldview has been manifested in African 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 African Thought