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The Scent of the Father

Essay on the Limits of Life and Science in sub-Saharan Africa

Mudimbe, Valentin Y.

Übersetzt von Adjemian, Jonathan

Critical South

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1. Auflage November 2022
200 Seiten, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-5139-2
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Valentin Y. Mudimbe is a Congolese philosopher, novelist, poet, essayist and academic, widely considered to be one of the most important African thinkers of his generation. The ideas and arguments he has developed in his writings since the 1970s, including The Invention of Africa, have been hugely influential across many disciplines and established his reputation as one of the essential post-colonial thinkers of our time.

In The Scent of the Father, Mudimbe set himself the task of shedding light on the complex links that bind Africa to the West and determine the exercise of thought and knowledge practices, particularly in relation to the social sciences. How to let go of the lingering 'scent of the Father' while avoiding the pitfall of questioning the Father's speech by using the Father's own words? For Africa to escape the West, says Mudimbe, it must become aware of what remains Western in the very concepts and forms of thought that allow it to think against the West, and be alert to the possibility that the recourse against the West might be just another ruse that the West uses for its own ends. It must elucidate the modalities of the integration of Africans in the myths of the West, while at the same time aiming at the re-adaptation of the African psyche in the wake of the violence it has suffered.

This seminal work by a leading African thinker will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the legacies of colonialism and the debates on decolonization and decoloniality in the social sciences and humanities.

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Valentin Y. Mudimbe is a Congolese philosopher, novelist, poet, essayist and academic, widely considered to be one of the most important African thinkers of his generation. The ideas and arguments he has developed in his writings since the 1970s, including The Invention of Africa, have been hugely influential across many disciplines and established his reputation as one of the essential post-colonial thinkers of our time.

In The Scent of the Father, Mudimbe set himself the task of shedding light on the complex links that bind Africa to the West and determine the exercise of thought and knowledge practices, particularly in relation to the social sciences. How to let go of the lingering 'scent of the Father' while avoiding the pitfall of questioning the Father's speech by using the Father's own words? For Africa to escape the West, says Mudimbe, it must become aware of what remains Western in the very concepts and forms of thought that allow it to think against the West, and be alert to the possibility that the recourse against the West might be just another ruse that the West uses for its own ends. It must elucidate the modalities of the integration of Africans in the myths of the West, while at the same time aiming at the re-adaptation of the African psyche in the wake of the violence it has suffered.

This seminal work by a leading African thinker will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the legacies of colonialism and the debates on decolonization and decoloniality in the social sciences and humanities.

Foreword - Felwine Sarr

Preface

I. POSITIONS

1. A Sign, a Scent

2. What Order of African Discourse?

3. Theoretical Problems in the Social Sciences and Humanities

4. Christianity, a Question of Life?

II. ANALYSES AND TENDENCIES

1. Society, Education, Creativity

2. Cultural Cooperation and Dialogue

3. Universities - What Future?

4. Western Cultural Power and Christianity

III. QUESTIONS AND OPENINGS

1. "Niam M'Paya": At the Sources of an African Thinking

2. On African Literature

3. Sorcery: A Language and a Theory

4. And What Will God Become?

5. Interdisciplinarity and Educational Science

6. Immediate History: An African Practice of Dialectical Materialism

7. The Price of Sin

IV. IN LIEU OF A CONCLUSION: What Murder of the Father?

References

Notes

Index
Valentin Y. Mudimbe is Newman Ivey White Distinguished Professor of Literature, Emeritus, at Duke University.