Home > Archive > Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for De-Colonization by Kwame Nkrumah. Author: Kwame Nkrumah. Publication date: Nkrumaism (sometimes Consciencism) is an African socialist political ideology based on the thinking and writing of Kwame Nkrumah. Nkrumah, a pan-Africanist . CONSCIENCISM Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonisation Kwame Nkrumah Dedicated to The Members of my Philosophy Club, without whose.

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This lead Nkrumah to what he called “intellectual revolution,” which meant the directing our thinking and philosophy towards the redemption of our society. That is to say, these ideas have not entered the mind from outside, and moreover could not do so.

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The difference is said to be epistemological, not nkruamh. If a cause is suggested for the cosmic raw material, this neurotic insistence on a cause will open up an infinite regress about the cause of the cause of the cosmic material, and so on. But he reviews Western philosophy in some detail to illustrate the nkkrumah that philosophy, however academic, is always trying, explicitly or implicitly, to say something about society.

The mechanism of sensation, too, has sometimes been brandished in the face of philosophical materialism.

According to him, these categories are the most general concepts under which the world can be thought of. Though in the Meno, Socrates put forward a fundamental egalitarianism, it would not be pretended that egalitarianism was to be found among the bkrumah facts of life. In this relevance of philosophy to society, and to social and political action in particular, that chiefly interest him.

If people were not conceited, mistaking their ignorance for knowledge, and if they reflected, they would all be equally moral, both because virtue is knowledge, and because they would fundamentally all have the same knowledge as suggested in the Meno. Descartes begins nkrumwh the position that reason is the same in all, and that fundamentally we are equally able to perceive and appreciate the same truths.


In this book, he specifies three segments of the African society which are the traditional,christian and islam that coexist uneasily due to their conflicting principles. We are also assured by St. In this transformed form, it was a claim that reality was a replica of the subjective will.

The original attempt to redeem society by giving it a united foundation, by asserting the unity and brotherhood of man, now promised to destroy the society which it had set out to save.

Quite gratuitously, the conclusion is drawn that matter owes its existence to perception. That is to say, tables do not exist on the one hand, while on the other, tops and legs exist alongside.

To these priesthoods was assigned the power of passing and executing sentence at their discretion, especially on those who were accused of homicide. Plato was called to Syracuse to educate a future ruler. In this way, idealism makes itself incompatible with science.

Heraclitus makes this consciencim of opposites indispensable to growth and creation both in nature and nkrumahh society. Indeed, consciendism to future metaphysics are commonplaces of philosophy. Uncanonical doctrines were proscribed and their libertin disseminators were abused as immoralists, tricksters and hypocrites who publicly professed religion but in private undermined it. For however glibly Berkeley said that material objects were agglomerations of ideas of sense, he told us that it was really God who put the ideas in our mind.

Suppose a man were asked to provide an inventory of objects in a room, and he counted all the legs of tables and chairs, as well as flat tops and backs, then he could not in the same inventory count tables and chairs. Hobbes was misguided when he thought that it was equally open to Descartes to say that cinsciencism he walked he existed. With single-minded devotion, the colonial student meanders through the intricacies of the nkrjmah systems.

The conceptual tools which philosophy has fashioned in Logic, and by means of which it can cope with the formal problems of categorial conversion, are contained in nominalism, constructionism and reductionism.

Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonization

For the former, mind is a development from matter; for the latter, it is merely something which accompanies the activity of matter. From inside the book.

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Greek society had theocratic manifestations which were intensified under Persian rule. If reason could so badly have misled them, it, too, must for the time being be regarded as untrustworthy. These coups have brought into sharp relief the nature of the class struggle in Africa. Has the cosmic raw material a cause or explanation, or has it not? Men, he however said, are not the same, and do not perform the same functions in the pursuit of this common goal.

Jan 17, Andre rated it liked it. It is therefore not a little amazing that in the twentieth century, Western philosophers should largely disinherit themselves and affect an aristocratic professional unconcern over the social realities of the day. The pronoun in this sentence is a mere subject of a sentence, and does not refer to any object or group of objects which is raining.

The first chapter is the toughest one to get through then after that Nkrumah is on a roll. But when materialism becomes dialectical, it ensures the material basis of categorial conversion.

Shango67 rated it it was amazing Nov 05, I have suggested that dialectic is that which makes the evolution of kinds possible, that, accordingly, which is the ground of the evolution of mind from matter, of quality from quantity, of energy from mass. At the same time, no man can by his single exertions bring about the highest good. When Aristotle himself came to consider how co-operation might be made spontaneous, he always underscored the necessity of education, never of tyranny or injustice.

Of self-consciousness we only have an internal experience. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat To the extent that individualism accepts as axiomatic the initial equal value of the individual, egalitarianism can be formulated in terms of it.