In this essay, the writer wants to critically analyze the nature of African Philosophy. The writer would also outline the four branches of philosophy and critically analyses them.
Philosophy reveals the illusion of knowledge where none in reality exists. Indeed, everything touched by philosophic bewilderment miraculously changes its character from a known. B.Russell resuscitates the same idea in claiming that philosophy “keeps alive our sense of wonder by showing familiar things in an unfamiliar aspect:. As soon as we begin to philosophize, we find that even the most everyday things lead to confusing problems while those initially “impractical” issues often prove very significant even for our mundane needs and certainly for our self-understanding. Philosophy does not stay by pure bewilderment and amazement. Philosophers articulate their initial amazement by formulating questions (mostly what-and why questions) that guide their curiosity toward comprehension of the problem. This does not mean that they seek a simple formula for al the puzzles of the world (the proverbial “philippic stone”). Philosophy aims at understanding and enlightenment rather than shorthand answers. While striving to bring some light into the complexity of human life and the universe it pursues the old longing for the truth about the whole. Philosophy is absolutely committed to the truth, “the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. However, the truth of philosophy is never given and complete as we cannot definitely close out the totality it strives to capture. Therefore the search of the truth is rather like perpetual striving for more insight than for the final word on the matter of life and the world. Whenever one is engaged in philosophizing the chances are that things will become more complex and difficult than before.
In African philosophy, the very existence of such a discipline forms an important topic of...