By Jacob Emmanuel Mabe
Translated from German by way of J. Obi Oguejiofor
Wilhelm Anton Amo is among the in simple terms African character that took half along with his personal writings within the highbrow discourses of the 18th Century in Europe. there is not any contradiction among his own idea and the overall spirit of the Enlightenment. Amo debated on the entire 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 eventually at the present time unknown. the current expanding curiosity in his individual doubtless arises from the starting to be value of intercultural philosophy. This booklet is an creation to his philosophical procedure. Amo is familiar with philosophy as a fashion of considering that goals at perfection. Perfection is rooted within the self protection and defense of the person in addition to the renovation and ethical perfection of the full of humanity. furthermore, the booklet 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 ebook additionally discusses Hermeneutics lower than which Amo examines the matter of prejudice and aim figuring out. He warns during this regard opposed to doctrinaire interpretation which observes in basic terms the foundations of common sense and grammar and which ignores own evaluations that good fortune at the back of texts. The booklet ends with the query of the which means of Amo for international philosophy.
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 examine curiosity is within the parts of cultural philosophy, African and ecu highbrow background, French philosophy, political philosophy, intercultural and foreign ethics.
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I part I, § I , p. 205. , it exists for the sake of the other. However, the intention of the soul is primarily directed to knowledge. Amo thus distances himself from other philosophical conceptions of ideas, like Plato, Plotinus, Descartes and Locke. e, as objects that can be predicated from the universals. So the idea of equality is equal. Ideas are therefore truly eternal and unchangeable beings, which are known by means of sensible perception through anamnesis (remembrance). Visible individual things take part in the ideas through methexis (participation).
II, p. 172 ff. , chap III, sect. § I, 1-4, p. 175 ff. 44 Cf. Chap. II, sect. II, § 9 and 10, p. 130 f. 3 THE METHODOLOGY OF PHILOSOPHY Methods are generally understood as modalities and techniques which are used for the treatment of problems of knowledge, the conceptualization of truths, the control and construction of thoughts. Its responsibility is in the first place to order knowledge according to the manner of thinking suitable for the examination of specified questions. Still each philosophical method serves the exact classification of the relationship between research object and the learning process that is connected with it.
14 Anton Wilhelm Amo, Tractatus, general part, chapter I, section I, p. 107. , chapt. I, section IX, § 6, p. 118. , special part, chapter 1, section VII, § 6, p. 219. , chapt. II, section IX, § 4. 41 Also the exhortation for tolerance and for human rights had only limited positive effect. For there is no concrete solution up till today against intolerance before foreigners; those who have different ideas; those who have different life style; those of other genders, etc. On the contrary, the ethnic conflicts and wars, the colonial and neo-colonial or neo-imperial politics of powerful states against weak countries, the exploitation of oligarchy of capital etc.