Volume 3, Issue 1, 2014
Olúkáyòḍé R. Adéṣuyì
Cultural and Social Relevance of Contemporary African Philosophy
The paper attempts an analysis of African philosophy from the commencement of its ontological debate and focuses on its relevance in culture. The paper does
not contribute to the debate, since the debate is no longer a serious issue among African philosophers and scholars. It, however, states the importance of the
debate to the field of African philosophy. It explains culture as an all encompassing phenomenon and that it serves as a relevant source for the discussion on African philosophy. It uses functionalism and structuralism as theories that could be used to understand African philosophy and culture. The theories are to expatiate how the concerned can analyze African philosophy and other relevant things. The paper concludes that given the understanding of these theories African philosophy can be understood in their directions.