Kwame Gyekye

Date Added to the Noyam Research Archive
Tuesday, 13th October 2020

Sankofa Publishing Co. Ltd Ghana


This is an expanded version of the Inaugural Lecture I delivered before the University of Ghana on Thursday 7 May 1987, following my elevation to the rank of a full Professor of Philosophy in April 1984. Portions of the subject matter of the Lecture were used as a basis for my book titled Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience, published by the Oxford University press in 1997. I completed the draft of the book when I held a Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D. C. from September 1993 to August 1994. The original Lecture (i.e., this book) has been expanded in return, with material mostly from that book – Tradition and Modernity.

Students of philosophy and other academic disciplines, as well as the general public will find the book of interest and rewarding reading. People who are sceptical or ignorant about the relevance of the intellectual discipline called ‘philosophy’ will also find this book helpful and worth reading.

Kwame Gyekye, FGA
Department of Philosophy
University of Ghana
August 2004.

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© 1988 Kwame Gyekye, reprinted 1996, 2004
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