The objective of this essay is to inscribe Abiola Irele into the African philosophical discourse through a philosophical scrutiny of his own negritude analysis. And the justification for this exercise goes beyond the attempt to recognize the philosophical import of Irele's literary oeuvres. It is also a significant attempt at challenging the parochial arrogance of (African) philosophy, which hinges the term "philosopher" around the narrow qualification of being a professional philosopher. The significance of expanding the African philosophical discourse creates the possibility for a transdisciplinary space that allows for a multifaceted confrontation of the African predicament around the discipline of philosophy. Grounded on the idea of discourse as "the continued, enduring and interactive exchange, creation, and debate of shared interpretations (meanings)," the essay outlines a sense in which Irele's critical analysis of negritude can serve as a means by which we can update the lopsided critique of ethnophilosophy. This makes it possible to reintroduce the significance of Africa's self-imperative within the urgency of modern consciousness.


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