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African Belief and Knowledge Systems: A Critical Perspective

Friday 7 October 2011, author(s)-editor(s) Munyaradzi Mawere

The debate on the existence of African philosophy has taken central stage in academic circles, and academics and researchers have tussled with various aspects of this subject. This book notes that the debate on the existence of African philosophy is no longer necessary. Instead, it urges scholars to demonstrate the different philosophical genres embedded in African philosophy. As such, the book explores African metaphysical epistemology with the hope to redirect the debate on African philosophy. It articulates and systematizes metaphysical and epistemological issues in general and in particular on Africa. The book aptly shows how these issues intersect with the philosophy of life, traditional beliefs, knowledge systems and practices of ordinary Africans and the challenges they raise for scholarship in and on philosophy with relevance to Africa.

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ISBN 9789956726851 | 136 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2011 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

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  • African Belief and Knowledge Systems: A Critical Perspective 2 November 2011 19:18, author(s)-editor(s) Prof. Dr. Sobrinho Dgedge

    Munyaradzi Mawere’s book provides us with a rich and deep insight of African philosophy. As Mawere himself notes in one of the pages, his book is uniquely different from other texts on African philosophy. In marking the difference, Mawere goes beyond many African Philosophy texts by pronouncing that the debate on the existence of African Philosophy is no longer an issue. Yet, he doesn’t end there but goes on to pin point the philosophies embedded in African Philosophy and encourages other contemporary scholars to do the same in order to rescue and defend the integrity of Africa. I am therefore pretty certain that Mawere’s book will remain a treasure for Africa and the African people for many generations to come.

    Prof. Dr. Sobrinho Dgedge, Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique