The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge

V.Y. Mudimbe


The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge

The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge

  • Title: The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge
  • Author: V.Y. Mudimbe
  • ISBN: 9780253204684
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback

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groundbreaking clear, straightforward, and economical seminal American Anthropologist This is a challenging book a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history International Journal of African Historical Studies Mudimbe s description of the struggles over Africa s self invention are vivid and rewarding From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to groundbreaking clear, straightforward, and economical seminal American Anthropologist This is a challenging book a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history International Journal of African Historical Studies Mudimbe s description of the struggles over Africa s self invention are vivid and rewarding From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa s literary inventors Village Voice Literary Supplement a landmark achievement in African studies Journal of Religion in AfricaIn this unique and provocative book, Zairean philosopher and writer V Y Mudimbe addresses the multiple scholarly discourses that exist African and non African concerning the meaning of Africa and being African.


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Essential reading for anyone interested in how the West invented/constructed damaging ideologies to subjugate African societies and subvert their cultures. Interestingly, Mudimbe's argument is primarily derived from Foucauldian thought yet interesting research on various African societies (especially regarding a modernity that pre-dates European expansion, see his section on the Dogon and missionary texts) and Mudimbe's reconceptualization of Africa through an antithetical "Western" critical gaz [...]

It might be an amazing history of how social scientists have described African thought, but I didn't really understand it, probably. One thing I am more convinced of than ever is that it is post-colonial philosophers and thinkers who will eventually find a way out of the maze of dead ends that "Western" thought seems to have wrought, and not "Westerners" trying to patch some Other into their system. If that means anything at all.

just finished it and i'm too dumb to write anything about it rn but it good

Fascinating & difficult at first to wrap the head around; Mudimbe in essence tackles the creation of paradigms that are largely misunderstood in classical Western thought.

Mudimbe does philosophy like a talk-show host or a parliamentary speaker. His benches are packed with hundreds of religious leaders, political thinkers, anthropologists and philosophers who have moved African self-understanding. Their discussions are most eloquent, but unfortunately there is scarcely a woman in the auditorium.In these pages Carl Sagan undertakes to test Dogon cosmology. Zulu Chief Buthalezi and F. Eboussi-Boulaga debate the directions of African religion. The "Bantu Philosophy" [...]

Entre las disciplinas académicas involucradas en esta producción cultural de alteridad, la antropología fue tal vez la rúbrica más importante bajo la cual el Otro nativo fue importado a Europa y exportado desde Europa. Imperio Pág.98

mind=blown thats all really mind freakin blown


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