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Philosophical Studies Series

Meaning and Truth in African Philosophy

Doing African Philosophy with Language

Authors: Kayange, Grivas Muchineripi

  • Offers a new way of doing African philosophy by building on an analysis of ordinary language
  • Argues that people are engaging in a philosophical activity when they are using expressions such as taboos, proverbs, idioms, riddles, and metaphors
  • Reflects and unfolds philosophical elements in ordinary language use
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This book offers a new way of doing African philosophy by building on an analysis of the way people talk. The author bases his investigation on the belief that traditional African philosophy is hidden in expressions used in ordinary language. As a result, he argues that people are engaging in a philosophical activity when they use expressions such as taboos, proverbs, idioms, riddles, and metaphors.

The analysis investigates proverbs using the ordinary language approach and Speech Act theory. Next, the author looks at taboos using counterfactual logic, which studies the meaning of taboo expressions by departing from a consideration of their structure and use. He argues that the study of these figurative expressions using the counterfactual framework offers a particular understanding of African philosophy and belief systems. The study also investigates issues of meaning and rationality departing from a study on riddles, explores conceptual metaphors used in conceptualizing the notion of politics in modern African political thought, and examines language and marginalization of women and people with disabilities.

The book differs from other works in African philosophy in the sense that it does not claim that Africans have a philosophy as is commonly done in most studies. Rather, it reflects and unfolds philosophical elements in ordinary language use. The book also builds African Conception of beauty and truth through the study of language.

About the authors

Grivas Muchineripi Kayange: Holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy (2007). He is the senior lecturer of Philosophy Department at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He was a visiting scholar at the Center of Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006 and a Post-graduate visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh from 2008 to 2009. His main research interest is the logical relation between theories/policies and practice in African ethics, language, politics, religion and natural science. Some of his publications include: Modern Nationalistic-Ideological Philosophy: Its Controversial Development in Malawi (Journal of African Philosophy, 2012), AU-ICC-Malawi Conflict: An Analysis of Malawi’s Position and its Implications (JH, 2013), Understanding the Semantics of Chewa Proverbs in the Light of Contemporary Philosophy of Language (Journal of African Cultural Studies, 2014), Marginalisation of persons with disabilities in metaphorical conceptualisation (Disabilities in Africa, Kenya, 2016) and Existence and Needs – A case for the equal moral considerability of nonhuman animals (Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 2016).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Philosophical Framework for Doing African Philosophy

    Kayange, Grivas Muchineripi

    Pages 3-15

  • Pragmatic Semantics and Chichewa Proverbs

    Kayange, Grivas Muchineripi

    Pages 17-31

  • Meaning of Taboos Using Counterfactual Logic

    Kayange, Grivas Muchineripi

    Pages 33-46

  • Doing African Philosophy with Metaphors

    Kayange, Grivas Muchineripi

    Pages 47-72

  • Riddles, Meaning and Rationality/Logic

    Kayange, Grivas Muchineripi

    Pages 73-88

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-01962-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01961-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Meaning and Truth in African Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Doing African Philosophy with Language
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
135
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01962-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01962-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01961-7
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 169
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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