Henry Odera Oruka

Henry Odera Oruka was a Kenyan philosopher best known for his work on Sage Philosophy, which aimed to document and analyze the philosophical thoughts of traditional African sages. He was a significant figure in African philosophy and contributed to the discourse on the role of indigenous knowledge systems in contemporary thought.


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  1. 1. Sage Philosophy

    "Sage Philosophy" explores the rich philosophical traditions of Africa, particularly focusing on the oral traditions of the Luo community of Kenya. The book challenges the conventional view that Africa lacks its own indigenous philosophy by documenting and analyzing the thoughts and teachings of various African sages, who are wise and respected figures within their communities. Through interviews and discussions, the author presents a comprehensive examination of their philosophical perspectives, arguing that these individuals engage in critical reflection and rational argumentation akin to their Western counterparts. The work emphasizes the importance of recognizing and preserving these intellectual traditions as a vital part of Africa's cultural heritage.

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