Consciencism is the philosophy and ideology developed by kwame nkrumah for decolonisation. Consciencism philosophy and ideology for decolonization and development with particular reference to the african revolution. Click download or read online button to get consciencism in african political philosophy book now. A read is counted each time someone views a publication summary such as the title, abstract, and list of authors, clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the fulltext. Kwame nkrumah, awakened by this wicked design of low political spirits, has invoked a quick response in the mind of kwame nkrumah. Consciencism philosophy and ideology for decolonisation kwame nkrumah dedicated to the members of my philosophy club, without whose encouragement and assistance this book would not have been written. In doing so, they broaden our understanding of his philosophical ideas and their relevance for effective african contribution to thought in a contemporary world in which. Philosophy and ideology for decolonization and development with particular reference to the african revolution, africas quest fo. It was marked that consciencism arrived at a stage of development where the vigorous african search for freedom. This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Kwame nkrumahs socialpolitical thought and panafrican movement. It was the socio political situation in africa that gave room for questions to be raised in the minds of african thinkers and this invariably was the core focus of the theory formulation in contemporary african philosophy.
Africana philosophy is the name for an emergent and still developing field of ideas and ideaspaces, intellectual endeavors, discourses, and discursive networks within and beyond academic philosophy that was recognized as such by national and international organizations of professional philosophers, including the american philosophical association, starting in the 1980s. Philosophy and ideology for decolonisation, against distortion and revisionism for the understanding of the youth in africa and beyond. His prescription for a cure was revolution so that freedom could be attained hansen, 1976. Fanon, a trained psychiatrist, diagnosed the disease africa suffered from to be one of alienation caused by colonialism. The idea of consciencism is particularly significant because african societies are changing as a result of colonialism.
With insights into numerous dimensions of nkrumahs philosophy, this volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars of philosophyespecially of nonwestern metaphysical, moral and political thoughtand to anyone working in the history of african political theory. What is here called crosscultural understanding is itself a kind of compara. According to oruka, african philosophy in the above sense is considered in the terms of african past, current, or potential contribution to philosophy in the strict meaning of the term oruka, 2002, p. Pdf kwame nkrumah is an iconic panafrican figure who impacted the. Do the works of the nationalistideological philosophers. Consciencism is the philosophical and ideological system enunciated by dr. Kwame nkrumah was attempting to explain how an independent ghana needed a guiding philosophy to marry the three dominant features of the society, the traditional african way of life, the islamic tradition in africa and a final segment which represents the infiltration of the christian tradition and culture of. The ontology of kwame nkrumahs consciencism and the democratic theory and practice in africa. One of africa s mos renowned philosophers and political leaders, kwame nkrumah was not only at the center of what he called the african revolutions, but he also articulated its ideology.
Consciencism is heavy on the philosophical, but light on the practical application. Nkrumah draws together strands from the three main traditions that make up the african conscience. Download pdf the political thought of kwame nkrumah free. The multilevel identity politics of the 2019 eurovision song contest horror. Kwame nkrumah is an iconic pan african figure who impacted the lives of millions of people of africans both n continent and in the diaspora. Abstract nkrumah demonstrates that all societies and peoples have their own ideology emerging from their particular philosophical views.
Globalization is seen positively by those to whose societies it brings measurable benefits. Those african leaders who believe these principles are the socialists in africa. In his handbook of revolutionary warfare he talked of three objectives i. Kwame nkrumah was attempting to explain how an independent ghana needed a guiding philosophy to marry the three dominant features of the society. The political and social thought of kwame nkrumah by ama biney. In this way, philosophy, like history, can come to enrich, indeed to defme, the experience ofman. Pdf responding to okadigbos critique of nkrumahs consciencism. Nkrumahs political philosophy guided his sociopolitical policies and interactions with. His work is credited with dramatically influencing the. The issue of how to sustain the traditional cultural views of communalistic humanism has become pertinent.
Click download or read online button to the political thought of kwame nkrumah book pdf for free now. The traditional communities are becoming complex states with complex and technical political arrangements. One thing to note from these ideas on african philosophy is the contextual specificity of african philosophy. Consciencism in african political philosophy 1985 edition. His idea of consciencism was an attempt to articulate how philosophical ideas can be substantively made relevant to and adapted to the african situation. Department of philosophy and religious studies, kogi state university anyigba, nigeria. Since the publication of the first edition of consciencism in 1964, the african revolution has decisively entered a new phase, the phase of armed struggle.
In every part of our continent, african revolutionaries are either preparing for armed struggle, or are actively engaged in military operations against. He offered the african liberationmovement a strategy of socialist revolution. Philosophy is the attempt to understand the nature of the world and. Introduction the past three or more decades have witnessed a deluge of works on the twin quest to know whether african philosophy exists and what its nature consists of. Philosophy and ideology for decolonisation the cream of african and other. Kwame nkrumahs socialpolitical thought and panafrican. This site seeks to simplify, explain and defend the content of his book, consciencism. It is popular knowledge that most counties in africa were at one time or the other under the control of foreign countries after the berlin conference that partitioned the continent into various parts and acted as guides for the colonial masters. The specific concept of narrative in african philosophy and its value for crosscultural understanding will surface often and be developed in several ways throughout the book. African socialism among other things was developed as an ideology to prosecute the developmental project of uniting africans for a truly independent african.
African socialism in nkrumah and nyerere deji adesoye. Consciencism in african political philosophy download ebook. African sage philosophy is the name now commonly given to the body of thought produced by persons considered wise in african communities, and more specifically refers to those who seek a rational foundation for ideas and concepts used to describe and view the world by critically examining the justification of those ideas and concepts. The book as the name suggests contains selected topics from various political thinkers and the writings from kwame nkrumah featured prominently in the book. Nkrumah, kwame, 19091972political and social views. His book consciencism describes the more political than socioeconomic approach to class contradictions in african society. It is predominantly a political philosophy, due to the prevalent situations that gave birth to it.
Then, after all this came the political independence of african states one after another. One of africa s most renowned philosophers and political leaders, kwame nkrumah was not only at the center of what he called the african revolution, but he also articulated its ideology. With this criticism hountondji started an ongoing debate about the status of african philosophy, the status and value of ethnophilosophy, and the position of placide tempels in african philosophy. In doing so, they broaden our understanding of his philosophical ideas and their relevance for effective african contribution to thought in a contemporary world in which africa increasingly totters on the margins of international affairs. It generalises the laws of change and development in africa not only from the discoveries of science and marxism, but from the whole complex of the movement of african society in its entirety. Fourth dimension publishers 1985 abstract this article has no associated abstract. A political statement that was not made up of political. Nkrumah, a panafricanist and marxistleninist, served as prime minister of the gold coast later ghana from 1952 until 1960 and subsequently as president of ghana before being deposed by the national liberation council in 1966. Put in another way, consciencism has its philosophy, its moral and social theory, and arising from these, a political theory. Philosophy and ideology for decolonization by kwame nkrumah.
Abstract it is popular knowledge that most counties in africa were at one time or the other under the control of foreign countries after the berlin conference that partitioned the continent into various parts and acted as guides for the colonial masters. Sociopolitical philosophy consciencism nkrumahs vision of african culture as the core segment of africas political freedom and socioeconomic. The new discourse was enunciated in nkrumahs book consciencism, philosophy and ideology of decolonisation and development, with particular reference to the african revolution the 1964 subtitle. Okadigbos book titled consciencism in african political philosophy, published in enugu by fourth dimension publishers in 1985 is. Another important political scroll, consciencism contains the political philosophy of the first president of ghana, founder of the oau a precursor to the african union, and the chairman of the allafrican peoples revolutionary party kwame nkrumah. Political thought, i included in the syllabus two african political theorists and the names i used were frantz fanon and kwame nkrumah. Nkrumaism sometimes consciencism is an african socialist political ideology based on the thinking and writing of kwame nkrumah. Philosophy and ideology for decolonization and development with particular reference to the african revolution. In doing so, they broaden our understanding of his philosophical ideas and their relevance for effective african contribution to thought in a contemporary. Kwame nkrumah of africa for the decolonisation of the continent. Nkrumah saw africa pulled by the three religious value systems represented by indigenous tradition, islam, and european christianity. Pdf kwame nkrumahs socialpolitical thought and panafrican. But just as john locke s political philosophy was a humanist attempt to assert the personal and independent dignity of man, and make man, not god, the reference point of political organization, so in his empiricist philosophy he attempted to make man the centre and source of knowledge.
In this book he sets out his personal philosophy, which he terms consciencism, and which has provided the intellectual framework for his political action. African sage philosophy stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Consciencism philosophy and the ideology for decolonization. Nkrumah contends that philosophy in its social aspects is an instrument of ideology and an ideology a key to the inward identity of a people, in other words a tool to unite and bring order to society. Disentangling consciencism by martin odei ajei overdrive. Claude ake, one of the most outstanding african thinkers of the second half of the 20th century and a great advocate for constructing democracy in africa, primarily viewed the progress of globalization in terms of its numerous dangers. Some years ago, african political leaders and writers used the term african socialism in order to label the concrete forms that socialism might assume in africa. A distinctive dimension to nkrumahs political impact was his contribution to marxist socialist theory, with particular application to todays africa. There are, however, other african political leaders and thinkers who use the term socialism because they believe that socialism would, in the words of chandler morse, smooth the road to economic development. Consciencisms philosophy is based on the following principles. The idea of african liberation as fostered by kwame nkrumah has had a profound impact on the development of blacknationalist ideologies worldwide. Nkrumah and the quest for african unity kanu, ikechukwu anthony osa department of philosophy university of nigeria nsukka abstract originally, panafricanism, as a unique cultural and spiritual movement for the promotion of negritude became first used among the black americans and west indians of the 19th century.
In our own african experience and environment philosophical consciencism is such a philosophy. African political philosophy bibliography philpapers. Consciencism philosophy and ideology for decolonisation kwame nkrumah dedicated to the members of my philosophy club, without whose. Kwame nkrumahs mission and vision for africa and the world. In the encyclopedia of african american history volume 3, p. In part of our continent, african revolutionaries are either preparing for struggle, or are actively engaged in military against the. Consciencism in african political philosophy by chuba okadigbo, 1985, fourth dimension publishers edition, in english. One of africas most renowned philosophers and political leaders, kwame nkrumah was not only at the center of what he called the african revolution.
It is a philosophy that brings moral responsibility to the work of the panafrican revolution. Africana philosophy stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. He shows how in the instance of the enslaved and colonized africans, some individuals succumb to the imposed. Consciencism in african political philosophy download. But the realities of the diverse and irreconcilable social, political, and economic policies being pursued by african states today have made the term african socialism. Another important political scroll, consciencism contains the political philosophy of the first president of ghana, founder of the oau a precursor to the african union, and the chairman of the all african peoples revolutionary party kwame nkrumah. Vi in our own african experience and environment philosophical consciencism is such a philosophy. The practical application of consciencism in ghana and africa involves a sustained struggle in all three categories of thought. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. The ontology of kwame nkrumahs consciencism and the.
May 03, 2011 consciencism is the philosophical and ideological system enunciated by dr. Categories african political philosophy in african africana philosophy. Nkrumah, kwame, 19091972 political and social views. The contending values chuba okadigbo, in his book consciencism in african political philosophy was critical of kwame. Pdf according to kwame nkrumah, the conscience of the african society is plagued. Kwame nkrumah 19091972 a short biography kwame nkrumah photo gallery excerpts from speeches the big six i speak of freedom 1961 africanism and culture december 1962 meeting of the editorial board of the encyclopaedia africana september 24, 1964 continental government for africa consciencism. African socialism in nkrumah and nyerere pathways to philosophy.
Authors note since the publication of the first edition of consciencism in 1964, the african revolution has decisively. Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Africana philosophy is the name for an emergent and still developing field of ideas and ideaspaces, intellectual endeavors, discourses, and discursive networks within and beyond academic philosophy that was recognized as such by national and international organizations of professional philosophers, including the american philosophical. University of groningen african political philosophy, 1860. In this regard, his theory of consciencism is the most central. It must be noted that consciencism is a summary of nkrumahs ideological viewpoint geared towards the economic and political emancipation of the african. Apr 16, 2010 consciencism in african political philosophy by chuba okadigbo, 1985, fourth dimension publishers edition, in english. The political thought of kwame nkrumah download the political thought of kwame nkrumah ebook pdf or read online books in pdf, epub, and mobi format. Essays on kwame nkrumahs philosophy critically explore the metaphysical, ethical and political thought expressed in consciencism. Philosophy, in understanding human society, cans for an analysis of facts and events, and an attempt to see how they fit into human life, and so how they make up human experience. One of africa s most renowned philosophers and political leaders, kwame nkrumah was not only at the center of what he called the african revolution, but he.606 1471 449 167 32 924 644 510 583 1353 392 296 1167 231 1450 251 1295 282 1117 416 1399 1179 742 1260 916 144 1259 367 997 1438