Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective

“Wiredu’s discussion of culturally defined values and concepts, as well as his attention to such timely issues as human rights, makes this book invaluable interdisciplinary reading.” –D. A. Masolo

Ghanaian philosopher Kwasi Wiredu confronts the paradox that while Western cultures recoil from claims of universality, previously colonized peoples, seeking to redefine their identities, insist on cultural particularities. Wiredu asserts that universals, rightly conceived on the basis of our common biological identity, are not incompatible with cultural particularities and, in fact, are what make intercultural communication possible. Drawing on aspects of Akan thought that appear to diverge from Western conceptions in the areas of ethics and metaphysics, Wiredu calls for a just reappraisal of these disparities, free of thought patterns corrupted by a colonial mentality. Wiredu’s exposition of the principles of African traditional philosophy is not purely theoretical; he shows how certain aspects of African political thought may be applied to the practical resolution of some of Africa’s most pressing problems.

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The Origins of Man and Universe: The Myth that Came to Life

This book, originally published in 1984, contains Barry Long’s extraordinary vision of the structure of existence, evolution and the human mind. It is impossible to adequately describe the scope and range of its subject matter because it encompasses everything we are able to perceive and much that we can only know by spiritual insight. It describes how the human mind works. It contains prophecy – some of which has now come true, in events like 9/11 and recent scientific discoveries. It contains explanations for UFO’s and other phenomena. It explains evolution in a way that resolves the more recent debates about Intelligent Design. It provides the perspective for understanding the Big Bang. It is not science. It is not religion. It is what Barry Long called ‘the myth that came to life.

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Unusual Suspect (Natalie Dvorak Mysteries #3)

Natalie Dvorak Mysteries #3

When a Sasquatch researcher turns up dead in a state park, one of his colleagues blames the legendary monster for the killing. Detective Sergeant Natalie Dvorak of the Vermont State Police isn’t buying it but her investigation doesn’t turn up any obvious human suspects. An important witness goes missing and new signs of the Sasquatch appear even as the wife of Natalie’s boyfriend complicates the detective’s personal life. Natalie joins with the remaining bigfoot hunters on an expedition that leads to a frightening incident. Are the strange occurrences the work of a mysterious beast or the plot of monstrous humans?

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