Published February 1, 2005
by IKO .
Written in English
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Communalism and its cognates continue to exercise a vise grip on the African intellectual imaginary. Whether the discussion is in ethics or social philosophy, in metaphysics or even, on occasion. By interpreting ubuntu and communalism in African philosophy and art, an aspect of the second of the three themes for dialogues between African and Western philosophies mentioned at the beginning of this article, is worked out in more detail. I have given a more specific shape to the general trait of the African community spirit. African communalism as a theory assumes a stunning concern for communal values, for common good, and for the good of the wider society. In doing so, it attempts to provide a conduciv e. African Communalism: A Philosophical Analysis. In this chapter, we shall discuss the views of various scholars on the issue of African Communalism. First of all, evidences abound that communalism is not solely African because the notion of communalism is deduced in the philosophies of those who are not Africans.
I warned about this in my book Consciencism (London and New York, , p. ). And yet, socialism in Africa today tends to lose its objective content in favour of a distracting terminology and in favour of a general confusion. Discussion centres more on the various conceivable types of socialism than upon the need for socialist development. African socialism, socialist doctrines adopted by several African leaders at the close of French and British colonial rule during the s and ’60s.. As African countries gained independence, anticolonial nationalism could no longer play the unifying and mobilizing role that it had in the early s. African socialism became a mobilizing slogan to unite Africans around the challenge of. The notion of ubuntu and communalism is of great importance in anAfrican educational discourse, as well as inAfrican Philosophy of Education and in Africanphilosophical discourse. Ubuntu is aphilosophy that promotes the common good ofsociety and includes humanness as an essentialelement of human growth. In African culture the community always comesfirst. Communalism in traditional African Societies has become a common theme in most discourses on African Philosophy. This has made it crucial that detailed studies be done on this way of life to establish its underlying philosophical tenets and its impact on the people and societies in Africa.
"A close examination of African cyclic symbols, spatial categories, architecture, visual art and ritual life reveals the cosmo-biological bond connecting all of God's creation. Life is a gift of God, and everyone has the obligation to preserve and prolong it. The way to social harmony lies in going back to our cultural heritage and our past - African communalism, a system built on equity. The notion of "ubuntu" and "communalism" is of great importance in an African educational discourse, as well as in African Philosophy of Education and in African philosophical discourse. "Ubuntu" is a philosophy that promotes the common good of society and includes humanness as an essential element of human growth. In African culture the community always comes first. “In the run-up to the most consequential election of our lifetime, read this book to learn how your information is being skewed and regulated to force America onto the path to socialism,” it said. The book will publish September 8 and is available for pre-order. Follow Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong on Twitter or on Facebook. Ujamma – The Basis of African Socialism by Julius K. Nyerere The following is reprinted by permission from Ujamaa – Essays on Socialism (Oxford University Press, , USA reprint), copyrighted by Julius K. Nyerere. Socialism–like democracy–is an attitude .