Home > Archive > Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for De-Colonization by Kwame Nkrumah. Author: Kwame Nkrumah. Publication date: Nkrumaism (sometimes Consciencism) is an African socialist political ideology based on the thinking and writing of Kwame Nkrumah. Nkrumah, a pan-Africanist . CONSCIENCISM Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonisation Kwame Nkrumah Dedicated to The Members of my Philosophy Club, without whose.

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Nick Mason rated it liked it Aug 21, Having once dismantled the world, idealists are unable to put it together again, and Berkeley has to say that his apple is only a simultaneity of sweetness, roundness, smoothness, etc. Jack Solano rated it liked it May 17, The central contention of Nkrumaism was that African consicencism, united with one another, needed to adopt socialist political structures which were consistent with the traditional African values of egalitarianism.

His philosophy therefore only supported a sort of bourgeois democratic revolution, and not a socialist one. And yet his own position represents a stage in the unfolding of social dialectic. It recognizes and accepts differences among men, but allows them to make a difference only at the functional level.

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John Ezenwankwor – – Open Journal of Philosophy 3 1: The CPP, founded by Nkrumah inbecame a vocal proponent for the teaching and application of Nkrumaism. His principle of justice was one which called for social change, could not see an egalitarian society as one in which everything was permanently as it was, in which conscidncism remained undisturbed.

Thinking of a cow without a body is as different from the thought of a cow without a tail, as thinking of Descartes without a body is different from his thought of himself without arms. That is to say, on the social plane, his metaphysical principle amounted to an assertion of the fundamental equality and brotherhood of men. The first chapter is the toughest one to get through then after that Nkrumah is on a roll.


The stage could not therefore be set for sensation. But what justice can slaves be said to enjoy? The endurance of the world consists in process; and activity, or process, becomes the life-blood of reality.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Naturally a principle of motion was required to regulate the quantities of seed involved in each object if this was to be the source of the differences between things; and this principle of motion was for Anaxagoras an intellectualist one. Marx and I are ourselves partly to blame for nkruman fact consviencism the younger people sometimes lay more stress on the economic side than is due to it.

It must cnosciencism said in mitigation that neither Berkeley nor Thales robbed the world of a single item or object. In dialectical evolution, progress is not linear; it is, so to say, from one plane to another.

Panaf- History – pages. In this, however, he seriously betrayed Socrates, for Socrates himself had acknowledged the political system in virtuously refusing to flee from it when accorded the opportunity of doing so.

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They say that they are not interested in what made a philosopher say the things he says; but only in the reasons which he gives. One example of anearly philosopher who became reactionary inrespect of the egalitarian development was Plato. Social Philosophy in Postcolonial Africa: With single-minded devotion, the colonial student meanders through the intricacies of the philosophical systems. Consckencism Marxist emphasis consciemcism the determining force of the material circumstances of life is correct.


The answer is that in this concept Dr. This atomistic humanism was assisted by the travels of merchants and adventurers, who returning with tales of diverse social organizations, diverse moral and religious principles and practices, assisted the growth of the thought that there could be nnkrumah universally valid single religious creed, morality, or social order.

He characterizes traditional African society as essentially egalitarian and argues that a new African philosophy must draw its nourishment chiefly from African roots.

This kind of contradiction is made articulate in Nkumah, for example, we are enjoined to lay up treasures in heaven where moths do not corrupt.

Consciencism Philosophy and Ideology for de-Colonization

On the only recorded opportunity which Thales had of translating his metaphysics into politics, he firmly urged unity on the balkanized Ionian states. This fact helped to nkrjmah priestly power, for when rites are performed communally and not individually in order that a small farming community should be insured by the gods against drought and faminethe priest is encouraged to come down heavily on individuals who by their conscirncism endanger the community or the state.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Nkrumah shows how his philosophical beliefs are related to special problems of “The African Revolution,” and states his case for socialism and the most valid expression of the African conscience at the present time.