African Literature as Political Philosophy (Africa in the by M.S.C. Okolo

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That is, we should be willing to enter into a social contract, since the state where everyone can retain his or her right to all things invariably results in war, since such an act is against the reason of peace. : 182). The laws of nature, however, cannot achieve their desired end without sanctions. It is for this that men agree to ‘the mutual transferring of right’. : 185), ‘either man or council, that whatsoever his will is in those things which are necessary to the common peace, it be received for the wills of all men in general, and of every one in particular’.

And when Jero runs away from one of his disenchanted church members, Chume, Member interprets it as the miraculous disappearance of a true man of God. : 43). Trials invites reflection on the dangers posed to society if a leader’s mind, thoughts and actions can easily be controlled by a fake beach prophet. The proliferation of churches and the increase in crime make this a particularly incisive play. The function religion played in perpetuating colonial oppression is still part of recent history.

S. 3 By employing devices such as metaphor, simile and allegory, the writer can reconcile apparently opposing concepts. He or she is able to see the patterns of meaning in what ordinarily would seem an amorphous succession of episodes in the drama of life (Olapido 1993: 15). ). Boundary spanning Philosophy and literature broaden the horizons of society by operating outside standard laws and formulae. Philosophy does not limit itself to the past, nor to the present, but attempts to probe into what should be, the yet to come.

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