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African Political Philosophy

Exploring human experiences in African political thought could illuminate understanding of power relationships in the world. This course focuses on political and philosophical questions about the relationship between individual citizens, groups, states, societies and indigenous African political thoughts and practices. Participants explore central issues relating to freedom of women from oppression by men supported by customs; freedom of the mind from constraints on inquiring, questioning, and speaking; freedom of the economy from opportunists; and freedom of citizens from all forms of tyranny. The course investigates the works of such African "Philosopher Kings" as Kwame Nkrumah, Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyerere, and Leopold Senghor in relation to questions of political legitimacy, political order, colonial influence and domination, individual rights, and communal identifications.

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