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African Philosophy | On Ancestral Existence and the Mental Afterlife

Katrin Flikschuh
Monday, February 19, 2024, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

This paper explores the rationality of belief in ancestral existence in African philosophical thinking. By ancestral existence I mean the post-mortem existence of biologically deceased persons within the confines of the natural world.  I discuss and ultimately reject Tony Oyowe's socio-ontological account of ancestors as 'soft persons' before sketching a possible alternative of mind-independence ancestral existence that draws an analogy between non-embodied being and consciousness.

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