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Meaning and Truth in African Philosophy


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Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Part I: Figurative Utterances And Meaning.- Chapter 1. Philosophical Framework For Doing African Philosophy.- Chapter 2. Pragmatic Semantics And Chichewa Proverbs.- Chapter 3. Meaning Of Taboos Using Counterfactual Logic.- Chapter 4. Doing African Philosophy With Metaphors.- Chapter 5. Riddles, Meaning And Rationality/Logic.- Part II: Conceptual Analysis: Truth, Beauty And Meaning.- Chapter 6. The Chewa Logical Concept Of Truth.- Chapter 7. The Chewa Concept Of Beauty And Meaning.- Part III: African Communitarianism (Ubuntu) Vs African Individualism Through Language.- Chapter 8. Conceptual Analysis Of Ubuntu/Umunthu And Meaning.- Chapter 9. Deducing Individualism In African Society Through The Study Of Language.

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Grivas Muchineripi Kayange: Holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy (2007). He is the senior lecturer of Philosophy Department at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He was a visiting scholar at the Center of Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006 and a Post-graduate visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh from 2008 to 2009. His main research interest is the logical relation between theories/policies and practice in African ethics, language, politics, religion and natural science. Some of his publications include: Modern Nationalistic-Ideological Philosophy: Its Controversial Development in Malawi (Journal of African Philosophy, 2012), AU-ICC-Malawi Conflict: An Analysis of Malawi's Position and its Implications (JH, 2013), Understanding the Semantics of Chewa Proverbs in the Light of Contemporary Philosophy of Language (Journal of African Cultural Studies, 2014), Marginalisation of persons with disabilities in metaphorical conceptualisation (Disabilities in Africa, Kenya, 2016) and Existence and Needs - A case for the equal moral considerability of nonhuman animals (Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 2016).

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