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- DescriptionThe Struggle for Meaning is a landmark publication by one of African philosophy's leading figures, Paulin J. Hountondji, best kwn for his critique of ethphilosophy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In this volume, he responds with autobiographical and philosophical reflection to the dialogue and controversy he has provoked. He discusses the ideas, rooted in the work of such thinkers as Husserl and Hountondji's former teachers Derrida, Althusser, and Ricoeur, that helped shape his critique. Applying his philosophical ideas to the critical issues of democracy, culture, and development in Africa today, he addresses three crucial topics: the nexus between scientific extraversion and ecomic dependence; the nature of endogeus traditions of thought and their relationship with modern science; and the implications-for political pluralism and democracy-of the emergence of philosophies of subject in Africa. While the book's immediate concern is with Africa, the densely theoretical nature of its analyses, and its bearing on current postmodern theories of the other, will make this timely and elegant translation of great interest to many disciplines, especially ethnic, gender, and multicultural studies.
- Author BiographyPaulin J. Hountondji, agrege de philosophie from the Ecole normale superieure of Rue d'Ulm in Paris, is a professor of philosophy at the National University of Benin. He is the author of Philosophy: Myth and Reality, one of the most influential books on African philosophy. John Conteh-Morgan is a professor of French and Francophone literature at Ohio State University.
- Author(s)Paulin J. Hountondji
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2002
- Series TitleOhio RIS Africa Series
- Series Part/Volume Number78
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Monographs in International Studies
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight390 g
- Width139 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byJohn Conteh-Morgan
- Foreword byK.Anthony Appiah
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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