"In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture" by Kwame Anthony Appiah

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"In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture" by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Охfоrd University Press | 1993 | ISBN: 0195068521 9780195068528 0195068513 | 242 pages | PDF/epub | 5/1 MB

In this volume a Ghanaian philosopher who now teaches at Harvard, explores, in his words, "the possibilities and pitfalls of an African identity in the late twentieth century." In the process he sheds new light on what it means to be an African-American, on the many preconceptions that have muddled discussions of race, Africa, and Afrocentrism since the end of the nineteenth century, and, in the end, to move beyond the idea of race.

In My Father's House is especially wide-ranging, covering everything from Pan Africanism, to the works of early African-American intellectuals such as Alexander Crummell and W.E.B. Du Bois, to the ways in which African identity influences African literature. In his discussion of the latter subject, Appiah demonstrates how attempts to construct a uniquely African literature have ignored not only the inescapable influences that centuries of contact with the West have imposed, but also the multicultural nature of Africa itself. Emphasizing this last point is Appiah's eloquent title essay which offers a fitting finale to the volume. In a moving first-person account of his father's death and funeral in Ghana, Appiah offers a brilliant metaphor for the tension between Africa's aspirations to modernity and its desire to draw on its ancient cultural roots.

ONE: The Invention of Africa
TWO: Illusions of Race
THREE: Topologies of Nativism
FOUR: The Myth of an African World
FIVE: Ethnophilosophy and Its Critics
SIX: Old Gods, New Worlds
SEVEN: The Postcolonial and the Postmodern
EIGHT: Altered States
NINE: African Identities
Epilogue: In My Father's House
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