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Wiredu, Kwasi


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Kwasi Wiredu is one of Africa's foremost philosophers and his most significant contributions to the discipline are in the areas of logic, epistemology, and African philosophy. Wiredu's contribution to the making of modern African thought provides an interesting insight into the processes involved in formulation of postcolonial disciplines and discourses and it can also be conceived as a counter-articulation to the hegemonic discourses of colonialism. Through his project of conceptual decolonization, Wiredu advocates a reexamination of current African epistemic foundations in order to accomplish two main objectives. First, he seeks to undermine unacceptable aspects of indigenous cultures embedded in modern African thought so as to make it more sustainable. Second, he intends to subvert the unnecessary Western epistemologies to be found in African philosophical practices. Wiredu was born in 1931 in Ghana and had his first exposure to philosophy quite early in life. He read his first couple of books when he was in elementary school and these were Bernard Bosanquet's The Essentials of Logic and C. E. M. Joad's Teach Yourself Philosophy around 1947 in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti. Logic, as a branch of philosophy attracted Wiredu because of its affinities to grammar, which he liked. He was also fond of practical psychology during these formative years of his life. In 1950, while ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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