By Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze

This paintings shines mild on numerous icons of African concept, who're frequently quoted greater than they're learn. by way of drawing from resources as diversified as Cabral and Wiredu, he has given a robust instrument to researchers, and has made it attainable for college kids to benefit what thinkers have stated, not only what critics suppose. it is a exact anthology, and will be an exceptional place to begin for any severe paintings on inspiration by means of Africans or humans of African descent. This paintings isn't really careworn with a lot contextual research of the works, and this unearths the facility in lots of of those works. a number of of those authors are deceased or to be had basically after serious research, and it really is helpful to learn their very own phrases . a protracted learn, yet one that warrants time and a focus. an attractive paintings.

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It is similar to the belief in determinism and free will. If we assume a changeable destiny, then we may draw an analogy between destiny and weak determinism, which is consistent with free will. One may then suggest that destiny is also compatible with responsibility. But this only moves the problem of incoherence to another arena. Here it is instructive to quote from Barry Hallen: A Yoruba will say that once destiny is “fixed” by Olorun it cannot be changed. It must take place. Nevertheless on other occasions the same person will say that it is possible to “miss” the destiny one has been apportioned, in the sense of becoming confused and lost during one's lifetime and doing things for which one is not at all suited.

Bewaji, “Yoruba Concept of Human Destiny,” 28. 8. Ibid. 33. 9. Ibid. 10. Ibid. 29. 11. Kwame Gyekye, An Essay on African Philosophical Thought: The Akan Conceptual Scheme (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 116. 12. Peter Bodunrin, “The Question of African Philosophy,” Philosophy 56 (1981): 161–81. Reprinted in Richard Wright, African Philosophy: An Introduction, 3rd ed. : University Press of America, 1984), 1–23. Page reference is to Wright. 13. Wright, African Philosophy, 15. 67 14.

Third, does the concept of responsibility have a role in the explication of the concept? Fourth, does the concept allow for connection between destinies, for instance, between mother and daughter? If so, does this happen by accident or by design? Fifth, how does the belief in reincarnation affect the concept of destiny? Sixth, is there only personal destiny or is there also communal destiny? Seventh, what is the significance of destiny, and is the belief in destiny rational? I will address each of these questions as a basis for a coherent theory of destiny.

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