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Justin J. Corfield

Marcien Towa is an important ideological Marxist who, like Amilcar Cabral, has done much to raise the profile of Marxist-Leninist interpretations of African thought and raise new ideas about ethnophilosophy not only in Africa but also among some of the African diaspora. Certainly some of Towa’s ideas are similar to those of the more high-profile Paulin J. Hountondji, but there are many crucial differences, as Hountondji has been able to detail in his work, African Philosophy: Myth and Reality, where, in the second edition, he contrasts their ideas in detail.

Towa was born in Cameroon in 1931 and was one of the major philosophers who did much to promote the study of African thought in the 1970s and 1980s. He became rector of the University of Yaoundé (formerly the Federal University of Yaoundé). Although he retired in 1997 he still keeps up contact with the university ...