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Open Access The Question of Immanence in Kwasi Wiredu’s Consensual Democracy

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Kwasi Wiredu, arguably the most influential African philosopher, has proposed a democracy by consensus as an alternative to the majoritarian democracy African countries inherited from their colonial masters. His proposal has generated a lot of debates, and these debates have spanned several aspects of his proposal. In this paper, I focus on the debate regarding his attribution of immanence to the practice of consensus in traditional African social relations. Bernard Matolino has recently written an article defending Wiredu’s employment of the word immanence in describing the traditional African attitude to social relations. In this article, I find Matolino’s defense to be unsustainable.
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Keywords: Africa; Democracy; axiomatic; consensus; immanence

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 31, 2018

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