Accepted paper:

The African Experience with Myths: Between Tratidion and Modernity


Stelia Muianga (Universidade Pedagogica)

Paper short abstract:

Reflect about the African encounter with the "other" trough myths in Africa and its epistemological possibility to philosophical knowledge production.

Paper long abstract:

The modern philosophical discourse since Hegel since today held in its substrate the idea of the intimate relationship between philosophy and myth, if not, in its radical vision, the denial of rationality of African, what Hegel termed as "absence of self-consciousness." So, my interest is to interpret discourse on the myth in Africa and the possibility of epistemological conditions that it provides to knowledge production. This leads us to think about development of the African continent itself. Once developed conceptual and theoretical foundations we will have to face the practical problems arising from the relationship we have with other parts of the world. A situation that has put us in a submissive position. The legitimization of African knowledge from the inside will set us free from Western control. We do not want to be traditionalist in the sense of looking at the past as the treasure chest where we get the answers to our problems. But think how from cultural/traditional elements we can develop our continent through the light of the current conditions (without wanting to ignore globalization). Following the line of Castiano - in his book on Sagacity and Intersubjectivation - we think that reflections from the context/traditional would led to a debate on "new" conceptual frameworks, suggested by traditional elaborations. Through these new conceptual frameworks African philosophers would feed a debate around ontological, epistemic and ethical questions among others of philosophy in general. Keywords: African Philosophy/Knowledge, Myths, Interculturality,

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