Ontological Foundation of African Philosophy: A Hermeneutic Comparison of the Ontologies of Janheinz and Anyanwu K.C.

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Abstract:  Philosophy  is  a  critical  or  systematic  approach  towards  unravelling  the mysteries of nature. It is an inquiry into facts of life, a quest for knowledge, and an incursion  into  providing  answers  to  life's  most  important  questions.  Different peoples and cultures make frantic efforts in this philosophical search, contextually interpreting reality in a bid to make meaning of life. The compounding problem of life that  flows from  the  magnitude  of  existential  phenomena  makes  it inevitable  to  adopt different methods of approach given divergencies of age, race, background and exposure. People  of  differs  colour  and  orientations  strive  in  their  own  way  as  DU  Bois observed, to develop for civilization, a particular message, a particular ideal which help to guide  the  world  nearer  to  the perfection  they  seek.  Africans  are  not exempted from this curiosity as great African scholars have delved into researches, trying to find out the  contents  of African  taught pattern  and  the  implication  to knowledge, all in a bid to form a body of knowledge called African philosophy. A good number of African philosophers have come out with one idea or the other as regards what African philosophy is, the content and what it actually represents. While  some  project worldview  as  African  philosophy,  some  will  have  African philosophy to  be mere sage philosophy. Some dismissed the synonym ‘Africa’ as attached to philosophy under the bias that philosophy is universal and therefore any attempt to identify it with a particular people should be rejected. However, there is a great match by contemporary African philosophers to discuss African philosophy from the point of view of methodological approach, such as Okere’s insistence on hermeneutical method as the ground for engaging in discussion on African philosophy,  and  Kagame’s  preference  for  linguistic  analysis.   The  task herein is not as such on discussing methods of African philosophy, but rather a look in what actually constitute African philosophy as regards its essential content. It is on the strength of this position that we tend to discuss the essentials of African Philosophy with particular reference to the works of Janhheinz Jahn and K.C. Anyanwu.  The  essence  is  to  see  how  through  discovering  the "essentials"  in African Philosophy, a foundation can be formed for the understanding of African taught pattern,  as well as  the  interconnectivity of the various  branches of  philosophy from African perspective.

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Hubs, H. (2022). Ontological Foundation of African Philosophy: A Hermeneutic Comparison of the Ontologies of Janheinz and Anyanwu K.C.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/ontological-foundation-of-african-philosophy-a-hermeneutic-comparison-of-the-ontologies-of-janheinz-jahn-and-anyanwu-k-c

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Hubs, Hkay "Ontological Foundation of African Philosophy: A Hermeneutic Comparison of the Ontologies of Janheinz and Anyanwu K.C." Afribary. Afribary, 29 Apr. 2022, https://afribary.com/works/ontological-foundation-of-african-philosophy-a-hermeneutic-comparison-of-the-ontologies-of-janheinz-jahn-and-anyanwu-k-c. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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Hubs, Hkay . "Ontological Foundation of African Philosophy: A Hermeneutic Comparison of the Ontologies of Janheinz and Anyanwu K.C.". Afribary, Afribary, 29 Apr. 2022. Web. 25 May. 2022. < https://afribary.com/works/ontological-foundation-of-african-philosophy-a-hermeneutic-comparison-of-the-ontologies-of-janheinz-jahn-and-anyanwu-k-c >.

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Hubs, Hkay . "Ontological Foundation of African Philosophy: A Hermeneutic Comparison of the Ontologies of Janheinz and Anyanwu K.C." Afribary (2022). Accessed May 25, 2022. https://afribary.com/works/ontological-foundation-of-african-philosophy-a-hermeneutic-comparison-of-the-ontologies-of-janheinz-jahn-and-anyanwu-k-c