Posted by: Khepera | Thursday, 5 March 2009

REVIEW: The Role of the Indigenous African Psyche in the Evolution of Human Consciousness


While I have yet to read this latest work, I have had the opportunity to engage the author over the years on the AFRI-PHIL listserve.  I look forward to reading it, based on what I have seen here, and the online version so far.  Mike seems to be delving into a rich and fundamental context of enquiry regarding core questions whose results have the capacity to place indigenous African consciousness, and its development, in a seminal position on a planetary scale.

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The Role of the Indigenous African Psyche in the Evolution of Human Consciousness
by Mike Loutzenhiser
2008 iUniverse

“The Role of the Indigenous African Psyche in the Evolution of Human Consciousness” explicates the contributions of African cultural practices to the structure of the consciousness of homo sapiens. Through an examination of gender psychology, historical and contemporary black diasporic ontological thought, chakra theory, and a range of other subjects Loutzenhiser defines a context in which to examine consciousness across the transition from pre- to post-industrial societies. This context includes the discourse begun by scholars including Frantz Fanon, W.E.B.Du Bois, Walter Rodney, Achille Mbembe, Kwami Gyekye, T.U. Nwala, G.W.F. Hegel, J.A. Umeh, Charles Finch, Basil Davidson, Oyeronke Oyewumi, Robin Horton, Edward Bruce Bynum, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Carl Jung, Cynthia Eller, Don Ohadike, R.D. Laing, Janheinz Jahn, Naim Akbar, David Bohm, Ken Wilber, and many others.

Beginning with metaphysics and philosophy, and progressing through religion, societal organization, technology, and poetry, Loutzenhiser investigates the nature of humankind as both agent and fauna in it’s own experience. As a work in the realm of Africanist psychology/history of consciousness it illustrates the thread that connects the syllogistic thought of a wide range of black diasporic thinkers.

The work has received rave endorsements from notable Africanist scholars including Samuel Oluoch Imbo and Edward Bruce Bynum:

“a major work an intellectual and cultural tour de force. [Loutzenhiser’s] range in the world of the metaphysicians is sure. [His] sections on the arts [are] most penetrating and offer original ideas and insights.”

Edward Bruce Bynum, author of The African Unconscious, Director of Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“I was impressed with the range of issues and thinkers covered It is a rare thinker who can find the thread that connects hegelian phenomenology, transpersonal psychology, holonic theory, the chakra system, the [prose] of Jack Kerouac and the music of Sun Ra.”

Samuel Oluoch Imbo, author of An Introduction to African Philosophy

“thought-provoking thoroughgoing “

Nikitah Okembe-ra Imani, associate professor of Sociology-Africentric Critical Studies, James Madison University

“brilliant and intriguing ideas. [Loutzenhiser’s] mind is amazing, vigorous and rich.”

John Davis, professor of Transpersonal Psychology, Naropa University

The Role of the Indigenous African Psyche in the Evolution of Human Consciousness
By Mike Loutzenhiser
iUniverse 2008
172 pages
ISBN: 978-0-595-50376-6

Online: http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000068056

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments  – vii

Preface – ix

CHAPTER ONE
Metaphysics – 1
Holons as Contiguous with Metaphysics – 6
African Philosophy – 22

CHAPTER TWO
Monotheism – 48

CHAPTER THREE
Ecology – 70
Cyclic and Accumulative Societies – 81
Material Developments – 90

CHAPTER FOUR
Poetry – 114

Conclusion – 136

Bibliography – 140

Online: http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000068056

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Responses

  1. This looks to be a fantastic book. I especially appreciate the transpersonal perspective. I just visited an exhibit on the highly sophisticated and evolved Ethiopean culture which I was ashamed to have not heard about before. I look forward to increasing my knowledge on this vastly interesting subject.


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