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This book explores the symbiotic relationship between philosophy and culture. Every philosophy emerges as a reaction to, or as justification for a particular culture and it is for this reason that philosophy may differ from one culture to another. It argues that philosophy is an essential part of every culture. Philosophy is the means by which every culture provides itself with justification for its values, beliefs and worldview and also serves as a catalyst for progress. Philosophy critically questions and confronts established beliefs, customs, practices, and institutions of a society. As reflective critical thinking, philosophy is linked to a way of life; a form of enquiry intended to guide behaviour; a form of thinking that sharpens and broadens our intellectual horizon, scrutinizes our assumptions, and clarifies the beliefs and values by which we live. Philosophy helps to liberate the individual from the imprisonment of ignorance, prejudice, superstition, narrow-mindedness, and the despotism of custom. Culture constitutes the raw data, the laboratory from which philosophers do their analytic experimentation. Culture is considered as philosophy of the first order activity. The book maintains that any genuine global philosophy must include philosophical traditions from all cultures and regions of the world, as it is by seeking alternative philosophical answers to some of the thorniest problems facing humanity that we are most likely to find more lasting solutions to some global problems. In this commitment to a universal humanity, we cannot afford to depend on solutions from a single culture or from the most influential cultures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Godfrey B. Tangwa
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. M. J. Tosam, P. Takov
  3. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: The Role of Philosophy in Culture
  2. Mbih J. Tosam, Peter Takov
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter 2. Human Existence and Destiny in the Culture of Secularism – Rethinking Traditional Cultural Values
  2. Peter Takov
  3. pp. 25-64
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  1. Chapter 3. The Theocentric and Anthropocentric Foundations of African Ethics
  2. Mbih J. Tosam
  3. pp. 65-86
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  1. Chapter 4. Multicultural/Multiethnic Divide: An Interrogation of Politics, Identity and Culture towards Transcending the Multiculturalism Conundrum
  2. Fidel Tanju
  3. pp. 87-116
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  1. Chapter 5. Multicultural Education as the Basis for Peace and Good Citizenship in Cameroon
  2. Valentine B. Ngalim
  3. pp. 117-146
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  1. Chapter 6. African Culture and African Philosophy of Education
  2. Peter Takov
  3. pp. 147-164
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  1. Chapter 7. The Reality of Secularism in Africa and its Effects on Some African Cultural Values
  2. Nelson Shang
  3. pp. 165-190
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  1. Chapter 8. Secularism in the Post-Colonial Cameroon State: A Historical Critique
  2. Michael Kpughe Lang
  3. pp. 191-220
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  1. Chapter 9. The Philosophy and Politics of Identity: Spinoza’s Regional Anthropology
  2. Landry Judicaël KengneTanga, Charles Robert Dimi
  3. pp. 221-240
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  1. Chapter 10. Being a Woman in African Culture: How Culture Shapes and Defines the Status of Women
  2. Mbinkai M. Tazuh, Mbih J. Tosam
  3. pp. 241-266
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  1. Chapter 11. The Phenomenon of Cultural and National Stereotypes
  2. Peter Takov
  3. pp. 267-288
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  1. Chapter 12. Hard-Wired Homosexuality: Towards Excoriating Some Contemporary Justifications for Same-Sex Marriages
  2. Fidel Tanju
  3. pp. 289-316
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  1. Chapter 13. Anthropocentric Poetics and the Deconstruction of the God/Man Binary: Humanist Connectives in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy and Robert Graves
  2. Peter Foinjong Awoh
  3. pp. 317-337
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956764006
Related ISBN
9789956763665
MARC Record
OCLC
960974876
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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