Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions

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Interrogating the relationship between language, thought versus individual and community: a conversation with Agada and Egbai

Chukwueloka S. Uduagwu


In this short essay, I will converse with Ada Agada and Uti Egbai on their article titled “Language, Thought, and Interpersonal Communication: A Cross-Cultural Conversation on the Question of Individuality and Community,” published in [Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Religions and Culture Vol 7, No 2, 141 -161, 2018]. I will articulate the major contributions of the authors and critically engage their ideas in order to open new vistas for thought. I contend that the relationship that exists between language and thought is like the relationship that exists between individual and community in the debate of personhood in African philosophy. This relationship is what I call “arumaristic relationship”.

Keywords: Personhood, Individual, Community, Language, Thought, Agada, Egbai

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