« L’ESPRIT ABSTRAIT » DANS L’IDEALISME ALLEMAND ET SA RECEPTION PAR MARCIEN TOWA DANS IDENTITE ET TRANSCENDANCE
Aristide Rodrigue Nzameyo
The aim of this paper is to put into perspective Marcien Towa’s reception of the Hegelian notion of the abstract mind in his book Identité et Transcendance. In an attempt to determine the generic identity of man, Towa exploits the notion of the abstract mind as pure thought to expose the complex notion of African identity articulated in transcendence. In contrast to the essentialist, even ontological theses of Senghor and Blyden, which turn identities into essences, Towa develops from the conceptual resources of German idealism a conception of identity that is radically transcendent, i.e. creativity.