Toward Decolonizing Philosophy of Religion: Thinking Heretically With African Indigenous Religions

Haynes, Patrice (2019) Toward Decolonizing Philosophy of Religion: Thinking Heretically With African Indigenous Religions. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. ISSN e-ISSN: 1530-5228 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

In this article, I use the work of Caribbean decolonial theorist Sylvia Wynter to examine the emergence of modern philosophy of religion, showing how it contributes to the invention of what Wynter calls ‘Man’ – namely, European Man upheld as the paradigmatic human being. I argue that a mandatory task for decolonizing philosophy of religion is re-conceptualizing the human beyond ‘Man’. To this end, the final section of this article draws on West African cosmology and anthropology in order to develop the idea of an ‘animist humanism’, whereby the human is reconfigured in ways attuned to both African indigenous religions and decolonial thought. In doing so it highlights some of the methodological difficulties that attend efforts to think with African Indigenous Religions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Philosophy of Religion; Decolonial Theory; Sylvia Wynter; Animism
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Patrice Haynes
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 13:45
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 13:45
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2942

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