By Jacob Emmanuel Mabe
Translated from German by means of J. Obi Oguejiofor
Wilhelm Anton Amo is without doubt one of the basically African character that took half along with his personal writings within the highbrow discourses of the 18th Century in Europe. there is not any contradiction among his own proposal and the final spirit of the Enlightenment. Amo debated on all of the very important questions of philosophy on the time – from metaphysics via good judgment and epistemology to political philosophy and philosophy of language. yet his highbrow works stay until at the present time unknown. the current expanding curiosity in his individual doubtless arises from the growing to be value of intercultural philosophy. This publication is an creation to his philosophical method. Amo is familiar with philosophy as a way of pondering that goals at perfection. Perfection is rooted within the self protection and safety of the person in addition to the upkeep and ethical perfection of the total of humanity. furthermore, the booklet dwells on materialism on the centre of which stands dualism of physique and soul. The human soul is an immaterial essence with no the school of sensation. The booklet additionally discusses Hermeneutics less than which Amo examines the matter of prejudice and target realizing. He warns during this regard opposed to doctrinaire interpretation which observes basically the foundations of good judgment and grammar and which ignores own critiques that success in the back of texts. The e-book ends with the query of the that means of Amo for global philosophy.
Born in 1959 in Cameroon, Jacob Emmanuel Mabe is Dr. in philosophy and Dr. in Political technological know-how, Professor of Intercultural Philosophy on the France-Centre of the loose college of Berlin. he's the editor and co-author of the 1st African encyclopedia within the German Language. His study curiosity is within the components of cultural philosophy, African and ecu highbrow historical past, French philosophy, political philosophy, intercultural and overseas ethics.
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Alexis Kagame, La philosophie bantou comparée, Paris 1976, p. 216. (English: Language and Being: The Ontology of the Bantu in Central Africa, Heidelberg, 1985). , p. 217. In addition to this it is Kagame’s opinion that the concept of vital force cannot be applied to immaterial beings like God and dead human beings. In maintaining this, he consciously distances himself both from the Christian faith on the eternal influence of the Spirit of God on earthly life as well as from the belief in the supernatural in oral tradition.
II, part III § 6, p. 128. , § 5, p. 128. 45 contemplation or from pure perception with regard to the origin, existence and being of something. Moral knowledge on its side goes hand in hand with the will, not only in order to distinguish between good and evil, but also to choose the good and the useful and to reject the bad and the useless. At the end Amo points to experiment based pragmatic knowledge which is obtained “through the things perceptible by the senses”10 that is attained after long experience and through much practice.
In maintaining this, he consciously distances himself both from the Christian faith on the eternal influence of the Spirit of God on earthly life as well as from the belief in the supernatural in oral tradition. In addition, he attributes the capacity of increasing vital force to all human beings the world over which Tempels limited to Africans only. For according to Kagame all living beings (human beings and animals) possess similar vitality. But while the one of animals have physical nature, the vital force of human beings is shown through their intellectual valence.
Anton Wilhelm Amo: The intercultural background of his philosophy by Jacob Emmanuel Mabe