Kwame Gyekye (1939-2019)


Kwame Gyekye, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Ghana, has died.

Kwame Gyeke

Gyekye was a significant figure in modern African philosophy, known for his work in Akan philosophy, African ethics (he wrote the “African Ethics” entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy), and African political philosophy. He was the author of Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience and An Essay on African Philosophical Thought: The Akan Conceptual Scheme, among many other works.

Professor Gyekye attended the University of Ghana as an undergraduate and went to Harvard University for his PhD. He began teaching at the University of Ghana in 1969 and held various administrative positions throughout his career, retiring in 2009.

In 2018 he was recognized for his efforts in elevating the global status of African philosophy with an Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah Genius Award.

Professor Gyekye died on April 13. You can read more about him in detailed memorial notices at Ghana News Agency and GBC Ghana Online.

(via Liam Kofi Bright and Alex Guerrero)


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