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The Ambush of African Philosophy: An Exhumation of Classical Liberal Principles in the Evolution of African Philosophy
Journal of Liberty and International Affairs (2017)
  • Ibrahim Babatunde Anoba
Abstract
The persistent resentment towards classical liberal principles especially individualism and free market in contemporary Africa, represents an outcome of decades of ambush against the ideology despite its clear connections with traditional African philosophy and relevance to the prosperity of modern African states.

This work attempts to draw comparisons between social and economic organisation in traditional Africa and classical liberal principles. Contrary to literatures that portray the community as the real and only end in traditional African societies, elements like free trade; market economy; consensus; anarchy and limited governance negates this position. While tracing the cause of Africa’s cling to socialism and communism, this paper presents an ideological transition from pre-colonialism to nationalist and post-independent Africa. It concludes by demystifying the arguments of individualism as antithetical to African morality. It also justified the inevitability of classical liberal principles in modern Africa. 
Keywords
  • Key words: Classical Liberalism; African Humanism; Ubuntu; Individualism; African Morality; Free Market
Publication Date
Spring May 8, 2017
DOI
UDC 319.11/.12:316.42(6)
Citation Information
Ibrahim Babatunde Anoba. "The Ambush of African Philosophy: An Exhumation of Classical Liberal Principles in the Evolution of African Philosophy" Journal of Liberty and International Affairs Vol. 3 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 37 - 48 ISSN: eISSN 1857-9760
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ibrahim_anobababatunde/7/