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The Struggle for Meaning is a landmark publication by one of African philosophy's leading figures, Paulin J. Hountondji, best known for his critique of ethnophilosophy 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 economic dependence; the nature of endogenous traditions of thought and their relationship with modern science; and the implicationsófor political pluralism and democracyóof the emergence of ìphilosophies of subjectî 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 ìother,î will make this timely and elegant translation of great interest to many disciplines, especially ethnic, gender, and multicultural studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Table des Matières
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Préface
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Remerciements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Avant-Propos
  2. pp. xi-17
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  1. Première PartieIntroduction A Husserl
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. IRepères
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. IIL’idée De Science
  2. pp. 23-64
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  1. Deuxième PartieCritique De L’ethnophilosophie
  2. pp. 65-83
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  1. IIIColères
  2. pp. 67-92
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  1. IVHistoire d’un Livre
  2. pp. 93-136
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  1. Troisième PartiePositions
  2. pp. 137-140
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  1. VUn Débat Pollué
  2. pp. 141-170
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  1. VIEnracinement Et Liberté
  2. pp. 171-196
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  1. VIILa Réappropriation
  2. pp. 197-226
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  1. Envoi
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. Bibliographie
  2. pp. 237-267
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 286-286
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956790265
Related ISBN
9789956728176
MARC Record
OCLC
851557714
Pages
284
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
French
Open Access
No
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