Anton Wilhelm Amo: The intercultural background of his by Jacob Emmanuel Mabe

By Jacob Emmanuel Mabe

Translated from German through J. Obi Oguejiofor

Wilhelm Anton Amo is among the purely African character that took half together with his personal writings within the highbrow discourses of the 18th Century in Europe. there isn't any contradiction among his own idea and the final spirit of the Enlightenment. Amo debated on the entire very important questions of philosophy on the time – from metaphysics via common sense and epistemology to political philosophy and philosophy of language. yet his highbrow works stay until at the present time unknown. the current expanding curiosity in his individual doubtless arises from the transforming into value of intercultural philosophy. This e-book is an creation to his philosophical approach. Amo knows philosophy as a fashion of considering that goals at perfection. Perfection is rooted within the self maintenance and defense of the person in addition to the maintenance and ethical perfection of the total of humanity. additionally, the ebook dwells on materialism on the centre of which stands dualism of physique and soul. The human soul is an immaterial essence with out the school of sensation. The e-book additionally discusses Hermeneutics below which Amo examines the matter of prejudice and goal figuring out. He warns during this regard opposed to doctrinaire interpretation which observes basically the foundations of common sense and grammar and which ignores own critiques that good fortune in the back of texts. The e-book ends with the query of the which means of Amo for global philosophy.

The Author:
Born in 1959 in Cameroon, Jacob Emmanuel Mabe is Dr. in philosophy and Dr. in Political technology, Professor of Intercultural Philosophy on the France-Centre of the unfastened college of Berlin. he's the editor and co-author of the 1st African encyclopedia within the German Language. His study curiosity is within the parts of cultural philosophy, African and eu highbrow historical past, French philosophy, political philosophy, intercultural and foreign ethics.

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But before these two Germans, Anton Amo intensively and systematically discussed the question of the thing-in-itself. , that are only thought if their appearance is perceived. That one does not know the nature of these things is for Kant the proof that their existence is independent of the human capacity to know. All that is perceived and thought in knowledge is only appearance which the knowing subject produces. 15 Tractatus, general part, especially chap. V, p. 140 ff. 16 Die Apatheia, chap. I, part II, § 1, p.

It rather comes from stack failure of knowledge. With ignorance, authority is taken as truth, not truth as authority. Amo asserts emphatically that authority is founded on the prejudice of famous human beings who declared as true and very good all that 67 Amo, Tractatus, chap. IV, sect. 210. 63 they themselves approved. Prejudice comes from understanding and recognizing something other than it is in itself. The error itself is not only linked with ignorance but also with inattention, forgetfulness, impatience, and the lack of good will.

222. g. 5 HERMENEUTICS AND THE PROBLEM OF PREJUDICE Hermeneutics means the art of explanation and translation of texts. It is also understood as a method of interpretation of words fixed in writing and other signs of speech. Therefore, it is a method of reflection which goes back to ancient times. Probably, the word hermeneutics goes back to the god of envoy in Greece named Hermes whose duty it was to inform human beings about the correct meaning of divine messages after proper exposition and explanation.

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