Mündliche und schriftliche Formen philosophischen Denkens in Afrika. Grundzüge einer Konvergenzphilosophie
Frankfurt/M.: Lang Verlag 2005
508 pp., Euro 49,-; ISBN 3-631-54397-2

Oral and written forms of philosophical thinking in Africa. Foundations of a philosophy of convergence
African pottery in the ethnographic collection of the Frobenius Institute (1952-1993) This book deals with the position and importance of philosophy in Africa, particularly in relation to crisis perception and ≠management. The author wants to generate a line of thinking termed convergentialism, or convergence philosophy, aiming at uniting orality and literality. Mabe concludes that philosophy, as an up-to-date and future-oriented way of thinking, can assert itself only if it sees orality and literality not as mutually exclusive but complementing factors of thinking. The author discusses philosophy and African identity, what is regarded as philosophy in Africa, historical sources, Egyptian scripturality, oral traditions, the Muslim-philosophical tradition, contemporary philosophizing in Africa, a pan-African ideology, negritude, ethnophilosophy, ísage´ philosophy, African hermeneutics, thinkers such as W.A. Amo, M. Towa, P.J. Hountondji, and H.O. Oruka. In the last chapters Mabe develops his convergence philosophy, discussing analysis, dialectics, experiment, methods, mediation, inspiration, initiation etc.

Keywords: convergence philosophy, hermeneutics in Africa, philosophy in Africa, identity in Africa, négritude, orality, literality, scripturality