Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

“The Ink of the Scholars is more precious than the blood of the martyrs” is a saying from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that gives its title to this book. Ahmad Bâba, arguably the most famous scholar from Timbuktu, quotes that statement and makes it the heart of...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-x

This English translation of the original text in French was sponsored by the Institute of African Studies at Columbia. I thank its Director Mamadou Diouf for his continuous support. I also express my gratitude to Jinny Prais, the Deputy Director of the Institute, and to...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

The year 1996 was the fourth centennial of the birth of René Descartes, considered, as we all know, the father of modern philosophy. Quite naturally, the Association des Sociétés de Philosophie de Langue Française (Association of French-Language...

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The Force of Living

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pp. 9-34

Bantu Philosophy,19 by the Reverend Father Placide Tempels, can be considered one of the pioneering works that made so-called ‘African’ philosophy a question of importance for philosophical reflection in general. When it was published in 1949, the book was at first...

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The Time we Need

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pp. 35-48

When the philosopher Gaston Berger (1896–1960) suggests that in the mobile world where we live, which is not only changing but changing more and more rapidly according to an ‘immediately perceptible acceleration’ that ‘affects us directly’,87 it is necessary ‘to...

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Speech and Ink

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pp. 49-60

The West African thinker Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1900–91) is often cited as having said ‘In Africa, an elder who dies is a library in flames’.116 This statement is so celebrated that it has gained the status of a proverb, in the sense that no one quite knows any more if it has...

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Socialisms and Democracy

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pp. 61-78

In November 1976, the Senegalese Progressive Union (l’Union Progressiste Sénégalaise, UPS), the party of Léopold Sédar Senghor, President of Senegal at the time, joined the Socialist International and changed its name to become the ‘Socialist Party’ (Parti Socialiste)...

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Conclusion: Lessons from the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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pp. 79-82

Let us conclude with this idea of the translation of the universal by addressing the question of translating human rights, as it has been posed on the African continent.
Today, a document, The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, bears witness to the...

Notes

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pp. 83-100

Bibliography

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pp. 101-106

Back Cover

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p. 107