The Idea of Personhood in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

  title={The Idea of Personhood in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart},
  author={P. Ikuenobe},
  journal={Philosophia Africana},
In this paper, I explore the African normative idea of personhood as a philosophical theme in Things Fall Apart.^ I do this in the context of communalism, which involves the mutual dependence between individuals and community. This dependence, which provides the foundation for people's actions, characters, and identities, is founded on the view that people have complex normative and spiritual relationships with others and with their ancestors in a community. The community and the relationships… Expand


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