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Biko

Biko

Philosophy, Identity and Liberation Biko was considered a ‘brilliant political theorist’ and a formidable and articulate philosopher. Biko was not simply and merely a philosopher in the manner in which Immanuel Kant was a philosopher, but a philosopher of a special kind, an important African existential philosopher. From Biko’s writings, speeches and interviews, Mabogo More’s view is that philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas nor a mechanical reflection of the world; rather, it is a way of existing and acting. To be a philosopher, especially an African existential philosopher, is not just to hold certain views; it is a way of perceiving and being in the world, which Biko himself describes as a way of life. This important perspective on Biko would be of value to many African philosophers of existence, African philosophers, political and social thinkers, social scientists, psychologists, cultural critics, political activists, students, critical race theorists and anyone interested in the ideas that Biko presents.

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  • Format: 235mm x 168mm
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-7969-2571-8
  • Rights: World Rights

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Philosophy, Identity and Liberation Biko was considered a ‘brilliant political theorist’ and a formidable and articulate philosopher. Biko was not simply and merely a philosopher in the manner in which Immanuel Kant was a philosopher, but a philosopher of a special kind, an important African existential philosopher. From Biko’s writings, speeches and interviews, Mabogo More’s view is that philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas, nor a mechanical reflection of the world; rather, it is a way of existing and acting. To be a philosopher, especially an Africana existential philosopher, is not just to hold certain views, it is a way of perceiving and a way of being in the world, what Biko himself describes as ‘a way of life’. This important perspective on Biko would be of value to many African philosophers of existence, African philosophers, political and social thinkers, social scientists, psychologists, cultural critics, political activists, students, critical race theorists and anyone interested in the ideas that Biko presents.

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Biko the Rebel
Chapter 2: Black Consciousness: The Movement and its Historicity
Chapter 3: Philosophy Contextualized
Chapter 4: Biko and Philosophy
Chapter 5: Biko’s Africana Existentialist Philosophy
Chapter 6: The Problematics of Liberalism
Chapter 7: Liberalism’s Transcendence of Apartheid Racism
Chapter 8: Biko, Black Consciousness and Marxism
Chapter 9: Biko and Liberation
About the author
Index

Mabogo Percy More is a former professor of philosophy at the University of the North, the University of Durban-Westville and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the 2015 Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award winner and has published widely on Fanon, Sartre, Biko and Black Consciousness. He is currently a professor of philosophy at the University of Limpopo.

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