This page features a collection of the best resources on African philosophy. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on African philosophy. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about it.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want an overview of African Philosophy:
- Read the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on The History of African Philosophy. However this article is quite long at around 12,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of African Philosophy:
“African philosophy as a systematic study has a very short history. This history is also a very dense one, since actors sought to do in a few decades what would have been better done in many centuries. As a result, they also did in later years what ought to have been done earlier and vice versa, thus making the early and the middle epochs overlap considerably. The reason for this overtime endeavor is not far-fetched. Soon after colonialism, actors realized that Africa had been sucked into the global matrix unprepared. During colonial times, the identity of the African was European, his thought system, standard and even his perception of reality were structured by the colonial shadow which stood towering behind him. It was easy for the African to position himself within these Western cultural appurtenances even though they had no real-time connection with his being. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Something Old, Something New: Introducing Africana Philosophy by the History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast [21:43 mins]
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on African Philosophy.
For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.