Each of the essays in Mdw Ntr Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection Of African Deep Thought From The Time Of The Pharaohs To The Present by Jacob H. Carruthers, is aimed at the liberation of the deep thought of Africa. Such liberation has also been the often implicit purpose of the tradition of the champions of African thought. In this light this present work is an extension of the tradition that extends from David Walker through Cheikh Anta Diop.
The European philosophical conspiracy which we call the New Orthodoxy began in the mid-eighteen century and was full articulated by Hegel in the early nineteenth century and was fully articulated by Hegel in the early nineteenth century when he asserted that African deep thought did not exist; even more it could not possibly exist; or rather, it must not exist. Of course, the philosophical magicians could not make African Deep Thought not exist. What they did was to suppress the truth of its existence and simply asserted that it did not exist. The conspiracy was facilitated by the fact that the Europeans had not only militarily subjugated the African people but also by virtue of the fact that they had placed African culture itself into captivity.
…Now we must rescue the victim from European philosophy and science. African Deep Thought must speak for itself. African champions must break the chain that links African ideas to European ideas and listen to the voice of the ancestors without European interpreters. Such is the purpose of ‘this book’.
Praise for Mdw Ntr Divine Speech
“Does the Word in Africa have a proper meaning? Could a diachronic study of the Word in Africa be undertaken? What is the meaningful particularity of the African Word since the Egyptian Mdw Ntr (hieroglyphs) to Nommo, the Spoken Word of the Dogon of Mali? All these questions pertaining to History and Philosophy are carefully and thoroughly examined in this book. It is a great honor to recommend this book not only to the specialist but to all those interested in conducting research in African and African American studies.” –Prof. Theophile Obenga
“This book is a philosophical wake up call. I hope after reading it a large number of people will go beyond the book and find new values (in the works of others) …calling for a total reexamination of the role and contribution of African people to world history. Deep thought is a weapon in the war for liberation. Prof. Carruthers has helped us sharpen our tools for the intellectual battles of the present and the future.” –Prof. John Henrik clarke
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