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Bikopil

Biko was not only considered a ‘brilliant political theorist’, but is also considered ‘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 Africana existential philosopher. From Biko’s writings, speeches and interviews, Mabogo More’s view is that, philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas nor is it a mechanical reflection about 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 Africana 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
Publish Year : September 2017
Rights : World Rights

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

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