HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 36 no. 2 (2007)

A Critique of the Analytic Trend in African Philosophy

Amaechi Udefi

Discipline: Philosophy



In the discourse of African philosophy, what may still seem unresolved is the question of the content and methodological approach appropriate for its study. Two apparently opposing camps are isolable here, namely, traditionalist or ethnophilosophical school and the Universalist or analytic school. The latter is criticized and rejected in this essay because it adopts a methodological approach characteristic of Western analytic philosophy which itself has come under severe criticism by the post empiricist philosophers and postmodernist thinkers. We argue that the position of the ethnophilosophical group is more attractive since it pulsates with African cultural environment.