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Towards an Igbo metaphysics

Author: Edeh, Emmanuel M. P. Publisher: Loyola University Press, 1985.Language: EnglishDescription: 182 p. : Maps ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0829404600Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references
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Includes bibliographical references


Towards an Igbo Metaphysics Contents Preface General introduction Africa: A Continent Map of Africa Igboland Vegetation and Major Cities Map West Africa Modem Nigeria The Igbos Historical survey of the Igbos Outside origin Onitsha-Igbo Aro-Chukwu-Igbo Ancient origin hypothesis "Ibo" or "Igbo" Review Questions ix 1 2 3 4 7 8 8 10 10 10 11 12 14 15 Part One chapter one: The Empirical method Field work Empirical Research on the Nkanu Ancestor Worship and Traditional Rites Empirical Research on Igbo Metaphysics Conducted in 1980 Questionnaire Type A Questionnaire Type B Questionnaire Type C Questionnaire Type D Questionnaire Type E Method of articulation Review Questions 19 19 21 27 28 31 34 35 38 40 43 chapter two: The Igbo language, culture, and socio-religious milieu Igbo language Igbo oral usage 45 45 46 Igbo proverbs Igbo folklore Igbo culture Community Tradition The Igbo socio-religious milieu The Obi (Umunna) The Ofo The Kindred The Village-unit (Ogbe) The Town-unit (Obodo) Review Questions 47 51 56 56 59 61 62 62 63 63 64 65 Part Two Toward a description of metaphysics chapter three: The Origin, structure and purpose of the universe The Origin Existence of two worlds The idea of reincarnation The Igbo concept of death The Igbo theory of duality The Theory of duality and the soul-body unity in man Mkpulu-obi hypothesis Chi hypothesis Muo hypothesis Ife-Melu-Ife-Ji-Di The Purpose of matter Critical reflection Review Questions 69 71 71 73 74 75 77 80 80 81 81 84 87 88 91 93 93 94 95 96 chapter four: An Igbo understanding of being The Concept of being in the Igbo language Onye hypothesis Ifs hypothesis The Categories of Ife-Di Being and man's understanding of being A Notion of being derived from the concept of man The Problem of evil An Igbo understanding of evil The cause of evil A possible reconciliation of evil with the goodness and causality of God Review Questions 97 102 103 107 109 112 chapter five: Being and God From a holistic view of the universe to the ultimate cause Causality The "Gods" The Symbolic meaning of the Earth- God The Existence of God (Chukwu) Possible ways of arriving at the existence of Chukwu Through the things of nature Through Igbo nomenclature Through the Igbo concept of Chi Through the Igbo idea of "life and death" The Seven ways of naming Chukwu Onye-Okike Qkasi-akasi Amama-amasi If e-anyi Eze-ogholigho-anya/Qmacha Chi-gboo Eke-ji-mma The Igbo knowledge of God The Name Chi-na-eke The Name Osebuluwa (God's Care and support for creatures) The Name Chi-ukwu The Problem of participation The Igbo attempt at a reconciliation of autonomy and independence Review Questions 113 113 116 116 117 118 120 120 120 120 121 121 121 122 122 122 122 123 123 127 129 133 133 135 140 chapter six: Igbo metaphysics in retrospect General Questions 143 155 Appendices appendix one: A Way of handling the Igbo problem of the universals with some Western categories appendix two: Freedom and determinism appendix three: Igbo orthography Notes Bibliography 159 163 167 169 179

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