Africa’s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization
- Publication Date:
- 1 January 2004
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“distilling wide ranging and profound analyses of thought, African and European, into a lucid prose free of jargon. … It is the proper knowledge of Africa that is emerging. Kebede’s book has a lot to contribute to that knowledge.” in: H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences (published by H-Africa), April, 2005
“Kebede (Dayton) positions this important contribution on the status of ethnophilosophy within the context of how best to emancipate African philosophy from Western domination. His well-stated argument regarding the strategic importance of negritude’s appropriation-of-otherness mythmaking as counter as counter to Western whiteness propaganda sets the stage for his own view of the role of cultural traditions and mysticism in the modernization of Africa. … Jam packed with issues and citations, each chapter is a literature survey that could be expanded into a book. … Recommended.” in: CHOICE, Vol. 42, No. 5, January 2005
“If you have time to read only one book to learn about the intricacies of African philosophy, then read Africa’s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization. The beauty of this volume is Kebede’s clear presentation and thoughtful evaluation of each of the main schools in African Philosophy.” – Joseph C. Kunkel, University of Dayton
“ Africa’s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization is an exceptionally clear introduction to African philosophy.” in: Filosofie Magazine
After the completion of his philosophical studies in France, Dr. Kebede returned to his country, Ethiopia, and taught philosophy at Addis Ababa University from 1976 to 1993. He also served as chair of the department of philosophy from 1980 to 1991. His university career was brutally interrupted when the Ethiopian government dismissed him with 40 other instructors from Addis Ababa University for sheer political reasons. He came to the US in 1996 and was hired by the University of Dayton in 1998.
Since I joined UD, I have taught Introduction to Philosophy and Social Philosophy. I have also designed and taught new courses, namely, African Philosophy, Value and Economics, and Professional Ethics in a Global Community. My research work has focused on writing articles on issues of development and culture change and completing a book on African philosophy. My future plan includes developing a course on African American philosophy and conducting research on the philosophy of Henri Bergson.
Radicalism and Cultural Dislocation in Ethiopia, 1960-1974 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008).
Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization, (New York: Rodopi, 2004).
Survival and Modernization--Ethiopia's Enigmatic Present: A Philosophical Discourse (Lawrenceville, N.J.: The Red Sea Press Inc., 1999).
Meaning and Development (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994).
"The Civilian Left and the Radicalization of the Dergue," Journal of Developing Societies, 24: 4 (April 2008).
"The Ethiopian Conception of Time and Modernization," International Journal of Ethiopian Studies, 3:1 (Winter 2007).
"The Roots and Fallouts of Haile Selassie's Educational Policy," UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Knowledge, series paper no. 10 (June 2006).
"Gebrehiwot Baykedagn, Eurocentrism, and the Decentering of Ethiopia," Journal of Black Studies, 36: 6 (July 2006).