THINKING FREEDOM! IN AFRICA
BY: MICHAEL NEOCOSMOS
ZAR500 WITS UNI (SA)
Thinking Freedom in Africa is one of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award winners, awarded by the Caribbean Philosophical Association. It is a genuine political treatise, breaking the idols of European exceptionalism and presumed universality,
Michael Neocosmos argues that all human beings think and that liberation is a political matter of which thinking is a fundamental element of action.
He takes us through an extraordinary journey of more than a thousand years of reflection; from the Afro-Arabic world of Ibn Kaldun to the Haitian revolutionary one of Zamba Boukman Dutty; and the European ones of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci to the anti-colonial struggles, in which Mao Zedong, Frantz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, and Steve Bantu Biko loom large; to recent reflections from Alain Badiou, Sylvain...