In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture
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In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture

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Africa's intellectuals have long been engaged in a conversation among themselves and with Europeans and Americans about what it means to be African. At the heart of these debates on African identity are the seminal works of politicians, creative writers, and philosophers from Africa and its diaspora. In this book, Appiah asks how we should think about the cultural situatio...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Oxford University Press (first published 1992)
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Steven Salaita
Much of Appiah's analysis is germane, some of it abstruse. His discussion of class is only average. His assessment of Zionism is atrocious. The best part of the book is Appiah's critique of postcolonialism.
Jason Williams
Oh snap! Ontological Afrocentrism, you got served!

Identity ,Solidarity, and the Dilemmas of Modern Africa

Modern Africans find themselves at the juncture of several worlds: As Basil Davidson might have noted, revolution, episodic nationalism, and postcolonial debacles have cast a pall of chaos onto an already historically chaotic field of peoples. The philosophies of Europe, the roots of tradition, African nationalism, Pan-Africanism, racial, tribal and ethnic solidarity, and a modernity which seeks to unleash individualism all come into conflic...more
Did we read this in high school? I read part of it recently and had very strong deja vu, but could not imagine where I would have encountered it before except in high school. Anyway, the part that I read recently was awesome, even if it did seem somewhat dated. Weird how something written in 1992 could already be dated, but I guess that is what happens when you write about race and post colonial politics.
I read excerpts of this for an African American lit course. Appiah just brings up some good ideas about race and culture and I think he is brilliant
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Kwame Anthony Appiah, the president of the PEN American Center, is the author of The Ethics of Identity, Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy, The Honor Code and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism. Raised in Ghana and educated in England, he has taught philosophy on three continents and is currently a professor at Princeton University.

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