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Filosofia Theoretica

Volume 7, Issue 2, 2018

Peter Amato
Pages 34-46

The Menkiti-Gyekye Conversation: Framing Persons

Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “Person and Community in African Traditional Thought” is criticized from the standpoint that the author assumes a dichotomous framework taken over in his decision to articulate the African view of the person in the idiom of modern philosophy. Kwame Gyekye’s critique of Menkiti in “Person and Community in African Thought” is also scrutinized to see if it manages to break free from this framework. I conclude by calling for a departure from quasi-scientific approaches to human nature and experience that attempt to apprehend culture from a position without culture.