Presuppositions in the Study of African Social and Political Thought

  • Max Assimeng


The essay sought to initiate discussion among scholars of social and political theory on a then insufficiently acknowledged problem in African intellectual history. Attention was drawn to the neglect of African social and political thought in worldwide social and intellectual analysis in the hopes that it would lead to rigorous examination and debate that would lead to new and generalizable conceptual frameworks.

NOTE: This article was originally published in Research Review (new series), 1986: 2 (2)

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Author Biography

Max Assimeng

At the time of publication, the late John Maxwell Assimeng was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Ghana, Legon. In addition to his vast intellectual output, Professor Assimeng was also politically
active, involved, for example, in the now defunct National Commission for Democracy (NCD). The
NCD, among other things, formulated a programme for effective realisation of a true democracy for
the consideration of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government.

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