Three years later, he published La Crise du Muntu , which tackled questions of authenticity and tradition, a particularly fashionable topic in the s. In , he decided to leave the Jesuits and asked to return to secular life. Boulaga's departure from sacerdotal and religious life was the product of a carefully matured decision; he claimed to have "lost his faith" since In the s, Boulaga became active in associations for the defence of human rights.
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The Baraza Chair, which is responsible for promoting African Theology, found it necessary to honour Eboussi who, in his lifetime, inspired many African and Western theologians and philosophers through his many writings. It emerges that the African is a historical subject whose history aspires for auto-determination. Seen as such, the African has a role in promoting a new departure for the continent.
In this context, one may consider the thoughts of Eboussi as a call for an African Council of the Catholic Church. The Church of Africa is invited to self-determination, that is, to think and find solutions internally to the various problems that arise. For their part, the other two speakers supported the thoughts of Eboussi.
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Remembering Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, theologian and philosopher
These are the fundamental and existential questions at the heart of Muntu in Crisis , which is undoubtedly the most original work in the field of African Philosophy in the 20th century. In facing these questions, Fabien Eboussi Boulaga undertakes to lay out the foundations of a rigorous African philosophical practice, free from the burdens of the rationality which, by rejecting sentiment, color, history, accident and the local, manifested itself as another name of violence or war, not only spiritual but real. Eboussi Boulaga demounts the grammar and the rhetoric of ethnophilosophy, this thrill of the colonized subject claiming to possess philosophies and engaged in the reconstruction of a lost or denied authenticity, while losing sight of the suffered alienation. In the same vein, he rejects the traditionalized philosophy, that is philosophia perennis , intimately linked to the history of the West and to which the Muntu must conform by renouncing his own memory, traditions and desires. The translation of this masterpiece, in which the Socratic irony and the hilarity of the African initiate, alongside the refinement of abstraction and rigorous dialectic, provides the anglophone researcher the opportunity to reconsider the development of African philosophy in the 20th century. Fabien Eboussi Boulaga was born in Cameroun in A Recapture of Christianity , A contretemps.
Fabien Eboussi Boulaga: Honouring the Honourable
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