Title

Karl Marx and African Emancipatory Thought: A Critique of Marx's Euro-Centric Metaphysics

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Praxis International

Publication Date

1990

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

Karl Marx is the one European philosopher whose thinking has directly or indirectly, positively or negatively, affected concrete events in the contemporary history of Africa. l Most of those whose names (at some level or other) are associated with this history and its emancipatory struggles - Nkrumah, Senghor, Cesaire, Fanon, Nyerer, Cabral ...:. have been influenced by some form or other of Marxist socialism. Furthermore, each ofthese thinkers has presented a reading of Marxist ideas that attempts to curtail - on the level of politics - the Euro-centric orientation of Marxist thought. 2 In this respect, Aime Cesaire's 1956 letter of resignation from the French Communist Party addressed to Maurice Thorez, and Amilcar Cabral's rejection of the Marxist justification for·European colonialism are the two most lucid and concise articulations of this effort. 3

Keywords

African Studies

Disciplines

Philosophy

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