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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
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Published 1993 by Oxford University Press (first published 1992)
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171215: excellent selection of essays on philosophy, on history, on racism and racialism, with an interesting non-european, non-american perspective. only misfortune is that this is a historical document (1992), so does not talk about various places on the immediate ground in africa. there are essays on pan-africanism, on myths of what are africa and africans, on colonial and postcolonial and postmodern, on art and identity, on the chance to perhaps integrate modernity with less disruption and d ...more
Mike
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing

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
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Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kwame Anthony Appiah successfully describes the difficults involved in relating lived experience in Africa with the globalized agency of Africa as a group. Without hammering the post-colonial apparatus too heavily, Appiah navigates the difficult area of defining what makes Africa Africa from as many points of view simultaneously. For Appaih the post-colonial condition is characterized by a variety of competing identities, groupifications from tribal, regional, racial, national, ethnocentric, rel ...more
Kristina
Mar 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
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Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this as an introduction in my African religion module
Yaw Asare
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A difficult read due to its provocative nature and technicality as in arguing from various fields of knowledge.
Kwame Anthony Appiah nevertheless persuasively crushed the foundations of my knowledge pertaining to my identities as an Akuapem, Akan, Ghanaian, Afrikan and Human. He convinced me to seek new meanings for these labels having at the back of my mind that "there are no races, only cultures."
The ending of the book, novel-like, shows the nature of feuds amongst the abusua "family" of the Ak
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Ashley
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
a very hard read.
Elaine Thompson
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant thinking on Pan Africanism
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Brilliant, insightful and beautifully written.
beth
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jason Williams
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Oh snap! Ontological Afrocentrism, you got served!
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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 a former professor at Princeton University and currently has a position at NYU.

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