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Ontologies, Values and Thought in Igbo World View

Damian Ugwutikiri Opata

Ontologies, Values and Thought in Igbo World View

The Age of the Internet has transformed our concept of time and space, juxtaposing the worlds of reality and the virtual in a criss-cross global fusion that has left us wondering what was life on earth like before now. The fluidity in communication across distance and the ease with which we connect to others across the globe have broken down social boundaries from class, race, and sex to intergenerational and intercultural lines. But the realities of our world remain, grounded in underlining perceptions of thought constructed and refined over the millennia in the societies, groups, cultures, and communities we emanate from or to which we are tethered or have been in contact.

In this well argued collection of essays on Igbo world view, Damian Opata explores such critical concepts as essence, truth, space, time, thought, destiny and death among the Igbo to challenge and broaden our understanding of African and non-western philosophical thoughts. Drawing from language and philosophy, the author goes beyond querying the ontological values that Igbo ascribe to truth, the future, and the continuum between space and time to showcase the influences these notions have on the life of this African group.

Author Details

Damian Ugwutikiri Opata is a Professor of English in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

ISBN 978-2-35926-008-3 PB

Release Date: November 2012

Size: 198 x 129 mm, Extent: 192 pages

Price: $35 • £20 • €25 • CFA15000

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Last edited: 27 01 2013