chapter  1
The crisis of philosophy
African dimension
WithJohn Murungi
Pages 10

In the planetary landscape of philosophy, Africa has been projected in the Euro-Western imagination as a territory without indigenous philosophy. This projection is contested in African philosophy today, if only because it rests on a questionable understanding of philosophy. There is also a false belief that to be philosophical, Africans must to turn to Euro-Western philosophy. Again, the falsehood of this belief calls attention to a questionable understanding of what philosophy is. Despite the passage of time, today, the African continues to suffer from the fanaticism that afflicted St. Augustine. African philosophy, as a non-Christian, and perhaps, as anti-Christian philosophy, is an antidote to this suffering. The claim that what St. Augustine says about time illustrates an African conception of time, should not be taken as a claim to imply that this conception is unique to Africans.