Assignment 1: Part One [25 Point].
Answer five questions from the discussion scroll on page 121 after reading the pages 54-81 of the Introduction.
Note: Assignment 1 is the foundation of this course and students are expected to master the African centered perspective of critical thinking; it deals with African philosophers and their philosophical discourse. In order to achieve this goal students are allowed to revise, enhance and improve Assignment 1 (A-1) during the course of the semester. However, students must discuss this option with the instructor and codify the terms and conditions of resubmitting the assignment; no other assignments are permitted to rewrite. For a better result use the Five Elements of Plot as well as the “Scoring Rubric.”
The following is a guide line for A-1. It is important that you fully understand this assignment; it is the foundation of this course and needs to be done in accordance with the “Scoring Rubric” given in the content. Please follow the following guide lines:
Q- 1. Understand the difference between the National Council for Black Studies [NCBS] and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization [ASCAC]; first identify their differences, explain how they could have worked together, and write your closing remark [see page 57].
Q -2. Define the term “tabula rasa” and read the theory of Kwami Anthony Appiah on “extrinsic and intrinsic” racism; define the terms extrinsic and extrinsic and write your closing remarks including why the two Pan-Africanists, Crummel and Blyden, use colorful languages to describe Africans; should their description be classified as “extrinsic” or “intrinsic” [see pages 60-61]?
Q.3. Discuss the theory of Placide Tempels on the ontology of “Being” for European and “Force” for Africans; discuss the moral and political philosophy of these two groups and the rationale for Tempels’ assumptions; use Diop’s and others scholars understanding of African history in antiquity [see pages 62–63] 10 points
Q-4. What are the two major treatises of Amo; discuss them in great detail, how the human mind and body function; compare and contrast this treatise with Cartesian dualism, Rene Descartes; also define the Latin term “ego; cogito ergo sum.” [See pages 64-65].
Q-5. Read the “Postscript” and write the “Spiritual vs Material” concept of philosophy; a review of page 78 and 79.