Kwame Gyekye. The late Emeritus Prof. Gyekye died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on April 13, after a short illness at the age of He spent 40 years of his lifetime researching and imparting knowledge to students at the University of Ghana.
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Kwame Gyekye. The late Emeritus Prof. Gyekye died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on April 13, after a short illness at the age of He spent 40 years of his lifetime researching and imparting knowledge to students at the University of Ghana. Emeritus Prof. Profile of Emeritus Prof. He attended Mfantsipim from , where he became a foremost student of classics, obtaining the Cambridge School Certificate in and the Cambridge Higher School Certificate in In May , he was elevated to the status of an Emeritus Professor.
For the forty years of his service to the University of Ghana until his retirement in , he taught many different courses in Western African, and Arabic philosophies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught courses in Classics in the then Department of Classical History and Civilisations which has currently merged with the Department of Philosophy to form the Department of Philosophy and Classics , the erstwhile Faculty of Law now the School of Law , and the Department of the Religions now the Department for the Study of Religions.
Additionally, Prof. During his academic career, Emeritus Prof. He won several awards, including the J. On 16th December , Emeritus Prof. This award was to celebrate excellence and to recognize his contribution to the making of African Philosophy and its ascendance on the global academic map. Gyekye was one of thirty-one 31 scholars selected from a pool of applicants worldwide for a Fellowship by the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
This Fellowship enabled him to begin work on one of his several books, Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience. Undoubtedly, Emeritus Prof.
Gyekye belonged to the generation of eminent African philosophers who rose to prominence because they pursued the central Kantian insight that reason can be practical, and used it to illustrate that practical philosophy must have a public i. Gyekye was not only a brilliant philosopher, but also an exemplary teacher, whose wealth of knowledge has endeared him to hundreds of students over the years. His interpretive insights into the African experience are extremely powerful.
He is the author of nine books on philosophy, editor of two scholarly works, sixty-eight journal articles and book chapters, and three books for pre-tertiary education. He was also a marvelous academic institutional administrator and leader, as became evident in his positions of service to the University of Ghana.
He was Head of the Department of Philosophy for several years. In these years, he promoted the discipline of Philosophy, and the international visibility of the Department; and he augmented the staff strength by reviving the training of graduate students. He was a member and later chairperson of the University Research and Conferences Committee and a member of the University Scholarships Committee.
Gyekye was a foundation member of the Board of Trustees of the Unilever Ghana Foundation for Education and Development since its inception in the year From January , he was also involved in the activities and programs of the National Forum on Research, Science, and Technology as a founding member and Vice-Chairman.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joana Dedo Gyekye, and their three daughters, Dr.
Emeritus Prof. Kwame Gyekye: Ghanaian philosopher passes on
Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience Kwame Gyekye Abstract This book offers philosophical interpretation and critical analysis of the African cultural experience in modern times. In their attempt to evolve ways of life appropriate to our modern world culture, African people and their society face a number of challenges; some stem from the values and practices of their traditions, while others rise from the legacy of European colonialism. Defending the cross-cultural applicability of philosophical concepts developed in Western culture, the book attempts to show the usefulness of such concepts in addressing a wide range of African problems. Among the is More This book offers philosophical interpretation and critical analysis of the African cultural experience in modern times.
Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience