Time and Space
- Dipo Irele
Discussions of time and the issue of space have featured prominently in African philosophy. These discussions were reactions to the treatment of time in Mbiti’s book, African Religions and Philosophy In this text Mbiti claims that Africans do not have the concept of the future beyond two years According to him time is simply a composition of events which have occurred those which are taking place now and those which are immediately to occur p 17 He claims further that what has not occurred and is not likely to occur falls within the category of no time Those events that are certain to occur or fall within the rhythm of natural phenomena are in the category of potential phenomena This traditional African framework of time is a two dimensional phenomenon with a long past a present and virtually no future The Africans are people with no idea of the ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought.