An Article on Zera Yacob in a Mainstream Philosophy Journal

May 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

Just discovered: Andrej Krause, “Spezielle Metaphysik in der Untersuchung des Zara Jacob (1599–1692),” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 85.3 (2003), pp. 331–345. The abstract is in English:

 In 1667 the Ethiopian philosopher Zar’a Ya’qob finished his Treatise. This work belongs to the most impressive products of African philosophy. It deals above all with ethical and metaphysical problems. In this paper are discussed some of the metaphysical arguments of the Treatise, more precisely its reflections on rational theology and rational psychology. It becomes evident that Zar’a Ya’qob used premises which we would not take for granted today. Nevertheless his high confidence in human reason and his endeavour to express himself comprehensibly are very remarkable and recommendable.

Not terribly descriptive, unfortunately. But I should have enough German to work my way through it, so I’ll take a look and report back here eventually.

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