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

By Jacob Emmanuel Mabe

Translated from German by way of J. Obi Oguejiofor

Wilhelm Anton Amo is without doubt one of 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 notion and the overall spirit of the Enlightenment. Amo debated on all of the vital 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 this present day unknown. the current expanding curiosity in his individual doubtless arises from the growing to be significance of intercultural philosophy. This booklet is an advent to his philosophical approach. Amo is familiar with philosophy as a fashion of pondering that goals at perfection. Perfection is rooted within the self maintenance and defense of the person in addition to the protection and ethical perfection of the entire of humanity. furthermore, the e-book dwells on materialism on the centre of which stands dualism of physique and soul. The human soul is an immaterial essence with no the college of sensation. The publication additionally discusses Hermeneutics less than which Amo examines the matter of prejudice and aim knowing. 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 booklet ends with the query of the that means of Amo for global philosophy.

The Author:
Born in 1959 in Cameroon, Jacob Emmanuel Mabe is Dr. in philosophy and Dr. in Political technological know-how, Professor of Intercultural Philosophy on the France-Centre of the unfastened collage of Berlin. he's the editor and co-author of the 1st African encyclopedia within the German Language. His study curiosity is within the components of cultural philosophy, African and ecu highbrow background, French philosophy, political philosophy, intercultural and foreign ethics.

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The intensive preoccupation with the Bible should as a consequence show the faithful the way to a good and meaningful lifestyle in accordance with Christian principles. The fundamental principle of pietism touches on the knowledge that the soul needs an orientation otherwise the human being is overcome by the many temptations of earthly life. With biblical instructions pietists hoped to form the soul of the Christian in such a way that it is not only able to distinguish between good and evil, but also to be able to trace the way to virtuous action through his personal power.

64 An interpretation is doctrinaire according to Amo when it is loaded with fictions and suppositions. As example he names the interpretation of the Bible by dogmatic theologians and also blind law-abidingness by jurists in as much as they themselves apply stringent laws just because these are promulgated. Juridical hermeneutics should help to explain all promulgated laws and eliminate all uncertainties without changing the purpose of the law maker. Amo places the logical or authentic interpretation before the doctrinaire.

It also became possible to create new terms and to discuss these in the different languages. The Africans could learn from this experience and achieve meaningful thinking through association of European and African terminologies. The one-sided assumption of the then colonial languages has only led them to self alienation as well as to the denial of their identity. The importance of Amo for the Enlightenment is emphasized not least through his tireless fight both against prejudice and also for the extension and application of the implication of human rights to nonEuropeans.

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