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Chairman of the Anton Wilhelm-Amo Society, Berlin, Germany

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In view of the increasing demands for the rehabilitation and promotion of indigenous African languages, a philosophical answer to the question of what can and should be done to effectively counteract the continuing marginalization of languages is often required. Despite the relatively successful coexistence of African and European languages, which has produced mixed languages, all measures must be taken to ensure that the native languages of Africa are used in the future as a means of expressing Africa’s identities and worldviews. This chapter tries to show how the philosophy of convergence can contribute to overcome the language dilemma in Africa.

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African philosophy, bantu-philosophy, languages development, Africanization, philosophy of translation, transcription and semantic translation, Germanization, German philosophy, European Enlightenment

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Jacob Emmanuel Mabe. (2020). The situation of the indigenous African languages as a challenge for philosophy. Philosophy Study, 10(10), 667-677.

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