Hylozoism as an Interpretive Principle in African Metaphysics

  • Kyrian Ayiba Ojong


The doctrine of hylozoism challenges the human mind to ponder more profoundly on the question of, and distinctions between ontological categories in metaphysics. In this paper, I have done a cross-cultural analysis of the views about hylozoism. And the result of this study shows that the concept 'hylozoism' is only used as an interpretive principle in African Metaphysics; unlike the widely held assumption by some popular proponents that inanimate beings have elein vitale, that is, life-force. This paper equally throws further illuminations on the African Conception of ultimate reality and how meanings can be ascribed to metaphysical categories.

LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, 8(1), 319-327, 2011

Author Biography

Kyrian Ayiba Ojong
Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Nigeria

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eISSN: 1813-2227